Brian A. Shactman is a veteran journalist who spent more than a decade at NBC Universal. Most recently, he was host of Way Too Early and a contributor to Morning Joe, both on MSNBC. Prior to that, Shactman had been with CNBC since 2007 as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor for the network's business day programming.
Shactman has a B.A. from Amherst College. He also has a Master of Arts degree from Clark University in Worcester, Mass.
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