NBC News hires Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff

Isikoff As Newsweek sits on the verge of collapse, the magazine suffered a major blow on Monday: The newsweekly’s longtime investigative reporter Michael Isikoff is joining NBC News as the division’s national investigative correspondent.

Isikoff is already familiar with the NBC News operation, having been an MSNBC contributor since January 2009, appearing regularly on “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 June 1994. Notes NBC News’ press release:

He has written extensively on the U.S. government’s war on terrorism, the Abu Ghraib scandal, campaign-finance and congressional ethics abuses, presidential politics and other national issues. Isikoff’s blog “DeClassified – Investigative Reporting in Real Time,” written with Mark Hosenball and published on Newsweek.com, has become a must-read for senior U.S. officials. Isikoff and Hosenball’s previous web column, “Terror Watch,” also written for Newsweek.com, won the 2005 Society of Professional Journalists award for best investigative reporting online.

He is the author of two New York Times best-selling books – “Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War,” co-written with David Corn and “Uncovering Clinton: A Reporter’s Story,” which chronicled his own reporting of the Lewinsky story.

Since the events of September 11, Isikoff has broken repeated stories about the U.S. government’s war on terror and won numerous journalism awards. Isikoff’s June 2002 “Newsweek” cover story on U.S. intelligence failures that preceded the 9-11 terror attacks, along with a series of related articles, was honored with the Investigative Reporters and Editors top prize for investigative reporting in magazine journalism. He was honored, along with a team of “Newsweek” reporters, by the Society of Professional Journalists for coverage of the Abu Ghraib scandal. Isikoff was also part of a reporting team that earned “Newsweek” the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 2002, for their coverage of the aftermath of the September 11 terror attacks.

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