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Tlingit entrepreneur Alyssa London lands major television contributor spot

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Alyssa London appears n the Morning Joe show on MSNBC on May 17, 2022.

Tlingit entrepreneur Alyssa London lands major television contributor spot

Tuesday, May 17, 2022


Alyssa London, a citizen of the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes, has joined the news network NBC News and cable television network MSNBC as an on-air contributor.

According to MSNBC public relations, London will provide insights on issues affecting American Indians and Alaska Natives. Her first appearance took place on Tuesday morning, when she discussed the hate crime shooting in Buffalo, New York, on the Morning Joe show.

“Honored to join as a contributor. Thank you for the opportunity!” London said in a post on social media.

London is a 2012 graduate of Stanford University, according to her online biography. She was the first Tlingit person to win the title of Miss Alaska USA and went on to compete in the national Miss USA competition in 2017.

London founded her own company, where she has provided speaking, professional coaching and media services to clients. She was named to the Native American 40 under 40 list by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development in 2017.

“Congratulations to previous Sealaska shareholder and previous Board Youth Advisor, Alyssa London, on becoming a contributor,” Sealaska, an Alaska Native corporation, wrote in a post on social media.

London appears to be the first Native person to serve as an on-air contributor for NBC News and MSNBC. She was identified as a “producer” for MSNBC during the Morning Joe segment on Tuesday.

During the show, London appeared alongside the Rev. Al Sharpton Jr. and other contributors and figures to discuss race, racism and the rise in hate crimes in the United States. President Joe Biden visited Buffalo on Tuesday to discuss the mass shooting there, in which 10 people were killed and three suffered injuries.

Of the 13 victims of the shooting, which occurred on Saturday, 11 are African Americans. According to authorities, the suspect — identified as 18-year-old Payton S. Gendron — intended to target African American people because of their race.

“Jill and I are in Buffalo to stand with the community and to grieve with the families,” the president stated in a post on social media. “As a nation, we must find purpose to live a life worthy of those we lost. We must resolve that from tragedy will come hope and light and life.”