Isikoff jumps to NBC News

Newsweek investigative reporter gets TV gig

Struggling Newsweek got more bad news Monday, as longtime investigative reporter Michael Isikoff ankled to join NBC News as national investigative correspondent.

Isikoff is already familiar with the NBC News operation, having been an MSNBC contributor since January 2009, appearing regularly on “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “Hardball With Chris Matthews.” He’s also been a regular face through the years on NBC News’ “Meet the Press.” According to NBC, Isikoff will report for all platforms of NBC News, including “NBC Nightly News,” “Today” and MSNBC.

“Michael is one of the most respected and distinguished investigative journalists in the business,” said NBC News prexy Steve Capus. “I am extremely proud of our investigative team and having Michael join the ranks of Lisa Myers, Chris Hansen and Pete Williams makes our investigative unit the strongest in the industry.”

Isikoff had been with Newsweek since 1994, and led the mag’s coverage of the Monica Lewinsky affair. He helped Newsweek earn awards for its post-Sept. 11 coverage, as well as its probe of the Abu Ghraib scandal.

Separately on Monday, CBS announced plans for “CBS Evening News” anchor Katie Couric and “Early Show” anchor Harry Smith to broadcast live from the Gulf Coast about the BP oil crisis at least once a week. The telecasts, which start next Monday, will continue “for the duration of the crisis” — although experts now believe the impact of the disaster there will be felt for years. “The oil spill in the Gulf will continue to be a major story for the foreseeable future,” said CBS News and Sports prexy Sean McManus. “Our commitment to anchor live from there at least once a week reflects the importance of the story.”

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