NewsNation is extending its Morning in America programming to four hours following the cancellation of Morning Express earlier this year. The morning news show brought on Markie Martin to co-host with news anchor Adrienne Bankert. Markie Martin previously was a correspondent based out of Dallas for the network. Today was her first episode on Morning in America.
Before joining NewsNation, Markie Marin was a weekday morning anchor for KOCO 5 News on ABC in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for almost six years. She then moved on to KTEN News on NBC in Denison, Texas, working as both a reporter and anchor before joining the NewsNation network in 2021.
In a recent interview reported by Variety, Markie Martin said, “I grew up in small-town Oklahoma, and often felt that national news networks catered more toward big-city lives. I think our content lines up with what every American cares about on a daily basis.
As part of Martin’s welcome to Morning in America, she will begin covering popular spots around Chicago as part of an upcoming segment.
Adrienne Bankert is an Emmy award-winning journalist who has covered numerous breaking stories throughout her career. She has been with NewsNation since 2021 and brings something special to separate the show from other major cable news programs.
“I like to say we are having brunch. Breakfast is pretty quick for Americans and, obviously, there’s not going to be people who watch all four hours, quite typically, but we will have something for everybody. We will have more of a conversation around the anchor table. It has always been my intention to create a warmth around the news to really have a conversation with everyday people, not just pundits and experts,” said Adrienne Bankert.
NewsNation hopes to boost ratings with the pair of anchors focusing on nonpartisan news that offers something new from the “echo chamber” of other news networks.
“You can turn on Newsnation, and be in a living room with your family…. And you can all watch the same program, and nobody has to leave the room…. Nothing gets contentious, because I think we’re offering something that is down the middle,” said Martin in an interview. “Stories that elicit change, hope, answers – those are the greatest stories to tell, because that’s the journalism that really makes a difference.”