Axelrod on the Air: NBC, MSNBC

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David Axelrod on ‘Meet the Press’ in Washington on Jan. 20, 2013.

David Axelrod shaved his moustache in a simulcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and NBC’s “Today Show.”

Now he’s coming back as a paid political analyst.

The Chicago-based political strategist and one-time political reporter for the Chicago Tribune who nurtured Barack Obama’s political career in Illinois and then helped him win election and then re-election as president has returned home to run a new political institute at the University of Chicago. And he’s returning to the national spotlight as a senior political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC,

Axelrod removed his moustache on the morning shows after achieving a fundraising goal for research on epilepsy, a disease that has afflicted his daughter.

In his stint as a political commentator, NBC notes in its announcement today, he will join the likes of Steve Schmidt, former senior campaign strategist and adviser to the 2008 presidential campaign of Sen, John McCain of Arizona Michael Steele, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, and a two-term former governor of Pennsylvania, Democrat Ed Rendell.

The network announcement noted:

“For nearly three decades, Axelrod guided successful campaigns at every level on the ballot. He began his career as a journalist, spending eight years as a political writer, columnist and City Hall bureau chief for the Chicago Tribune before stepping into politics in 1984. He founded Axelrod and Associates, a political and media consulting firm which became AKPD Message and Media. He later founded the communications management firm ASGK Public Strategies.

“Axelrod, an alumnus of the University of Chicago, was recently named director of the university’s new Institute of Politics, and as a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Harris School of Public Policy. He previously worked as an Adjunct Professor of Communication Studies at Northwestern University. ”

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