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Lisa Napoli, Former New York Times Reporter Joins MSNBC as Internet Correspondent.

Lisa Napoli, the former New York Times Internet reporter, joins MSNBC as the Internet correspondent, it was announced today by Erik Sorenson, Vice President and General Manager, MSNBC. Napoli will report on the Internet industry, the digital revolution, E-commerce, and the latest news from Silicon Alley to Silicon Valley for MSNBC and MSNBC on the Internet (http://www.napoli.msnbc.com).

"Lisa is a pioneer in reporting on the Internet," said Sorenson. "She represents the convergence between the television and Internet platforms, and her extensive experience covering this evolving medium will be a valuable addition to our programming line-up."

"Her connections to the world of technology will allow our users to get the most up-to-the-minute news from behind-the-scenes," said Merrill Brown, editor in chief of MSNBC.com. "We are thrilled to have her on board."

Napoli began writing "Hyperwocky," a humor column for the New York Times "CyberTimes" in 1996 as one of the first journalists to cover the Web and continued to pen essays on the industry and the implications the Internet have on everyday life. Additionally while there, she developed multi-media features for the New York Times website.

Napoli began her professional career as a writer and producer at CNN in Atlanta in 1984. She then moved to North Carolina where she was a senior producer for WGHP-TV and as an independent producer, developed two half-hour documentaries on southern culture for public TV. She also covered the 1992 Clinton Presidential campaign and the Branch Davidian standoffs in Waco, Texas for Fox News. Additionally, Napoli has worked for a number of Internet companies in various capacities including serving as director of content development for Delphi Internet Services and contributing a column for Yahoo! Internet Life magazine. Napoli also helped with the development of an upscale home shopping network, Q2.

Napoli graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, with a liberal arts degree and currently resides in Manhattan.

MSNBC is a joint venture between NBC, a leading provider of news and information, and Microsoft, the leader in personal computer software and a major provider of Internet online services. Built on the worldwide resources of NBC News, MSNBC is a 24-hour cable news network and Internet news service at http://www.msnbc.com/.

CONTACTS:

Cameron Blanchard, MSNBC Communications, 201/583-5012

Ben Billingsley, Trylon Communications, 212/725-2295
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