*Jeff Johnson, currently a commentator on the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” has signed on with MSNBC as a contributor and TheGrio.com as a senior correspondent based in Washington, D.C., reports Media Bistro.

The award winning journalist will cover education, politics and pop culture for the news channel, and serve as TheGrio.com’s first senior correspondent covering the White House and Capitol Hill, according to an announcement made Tuesday by NBC News President Steve Capus.

Johnson received the National Association of Black Journalists’ Salute to Excellence Award in 2008 for his “Life & Death in Darfur, Jeff Johnson Reports” series that appeared on BET.