Al Jazeera

Veteran of CBS, CNN to host prime time 'magazine' program

CNN and CBS News veteran Joie Chen will join Al Jazeera America, the latest in a string of hires aimed at bolstering the ambitious cable-news network in advance of its August 20.

Chen will host “America Tonight,” billed as the infant network’s daily primetime news and current affairs magazine program.

According to her LinkedIn profile page, Chen has in recent years been consulting, offering “insight into domestic and international news gathering” and pairing that “with significant experience in branded content solutions and establishing start-up news operations.” She worked at CBS News between 2002 and 2008 and held forth at CNN for a decade, from 1991 to 2001.

During her time at the Time Warner news cabler, Chen worked at both CNN International and at CNN’s domestic operation,. She received an Emmy Award for her work as an anchor covering the bombing at Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Atlanta Games. She also created and anchored the network’s first effort to bring together  its online audience with an  on-air news program, “CNN News Site with Joie Chen.”

Al Jazeera America has promised to offer in-depth reportage, backed by the deep pockets of its parent company and a phalanx of fully staffed news bureaus in the U.S. and around the world. Earlier this week, the network named ABC News veteran Kate O’Brian its president and unveiled a structure of senior staffers. Already, Al Jazeera America has tapped TV-news veterans including Ali Velshi, Soledad O”Brien and Sheila MacVicar as staffers.

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