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Alex Wagner Tonight is a political news and analysis show hosted by journalist Alex Wagner on MSNBC. The show debuted in August 2022, airing weeknights at 9pm ET. Wagner, who previously hosted a show on the same network called Now with Alex Wagner from 2011-2015, returned to anchor this new program described as MSNBC's "preeminent destination for in-depth analysis of the headlines emanating from Washington." The show features Wagner's take on the major political and cultural stories of the day, as well as interviews with newsmakers.
With midterm elections approaching in November 2022, much of Wagner's coverage focused on races across the country, control of Congress, and former President Donald Trump's continued influence over the Republican party. She provided context around contentious primary races, analyzed polls and fundraising numbers, and highlighted extreme candidates running for office. Wagner interviewed Democratic and Republican politicians and strategists for their insights.
Beyond election coverage, Alex Wagner Tonight discussed major news events like the January 6 hearings, the FBI's search of Mar-a-Lago, and the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Wagner offered analysis around the impeachments of Donald Trump, the COVID-19 pandemic, inflation, foreign policy, and more. She aimed to help viewers understand how policy issues impact everyday Americans.
Segments of the show featured sit-down interviews with newsmakers, roundtable panel discussions, and taped packages reported from the field. Notable guests included President Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, voting rights activist Stacey Abrams, Congresswoman Liz Cheney, actor/activist Sean Penn, and Ukrainian Ambassador Oksana Markarova.
With her background as an investigative journalist, Wagner brought an analytical approach to the show. She aimed to cut through partisan rancor to focus on facts, provide historical context, and highlight impacts on voters. Her style blended news coverage with personal essays and commentaries. Reviews noted Wagner's sharp interview style and ability to unpack complex topics.
Alex Wagner Tonight built on the host's reputation for capturing the zeitgeist within the political world and broader culture. The show attempted to make sense of an extraordinarily consequential news cycle leading up to the 2022 midterms and in the aftermath of Donald Trump's presidency. In a fragmented media environment, Wagner provided in-depth reporting and sober analysis of major issues from her progressive viewpoint.
Alex Wagner Tonight is a series that is currently running and has 2023 seasons (270 episodes). The series first aired on August 16, 2022.