Sep 17, 2020
Joanne LaMarca Mathisen is the Executive Producer of "TODAY with Hoda and Jenna." She is also the co-host of Sirius XM's "Happy Hour" on Today Show Radio and an enthusiastic lifelong Cher fan.
She first joined NBC in 1987 as part of the company's storied and highly competitive Page Program. She worked her way up to field producer covering, among many other assignments, more red carpet events (Oscars, Emmys, Grammies, etc.) than she can remember.
In 1996, she left TODAY for "Day and Date," a new daytime magazine show on CBS. The following year, she moved to the Wall Street Journal's pioneering (but short-lived) business news channel, WBIS, where she helped launch a morning news program. That led to a job as a producer at CNBC, the cable business news channel, from late 1997 to 1999. Then it was back to TODAY, where she was a producer and writer at "Later TODAY," co-hosted by Florence Henderson.
She subsequently won multiple Emmy awards as well as a Gracie while overseeing the 4th hour of TODAY hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb.
Joanne left NBC in 2017 to spend more time with her family, including her husband, CNBC's Tyler Mathisen, and teenage son. She returned to NBC in 2019 to helm the new Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager broadcast.
"When Joanne walks in the morning meeting, she is like a bright light," says longtime friend and colleague Hoda Kotb. "You're already happy and you don't really know why. There are certain people who are so full of positivity that their cup runs over and fills up yours."
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