Rising NBC News star Richard Engel has been upped to chief foreign correspondent for the Peacock.
Engel, previously senior Middle Eastern correspondent and Beirut bureau chief, will have an expanded role on “NBC Nightly News,” MSNBC and other NBC News platforms.
Engel made a name for himself covering the early days of the Iraq war as a freelancer for ABC before joining NBC News in May 2003. Since then he’s covered a range of conflicts and stories in Iraq and the surrounding region, as well as reporting from hot spots in Asia, Africa and Europe.
“There aren’t enough superlatives to describe the work that Richard has done in some of the most dangerous places on Earth for NBC News,” said NBC News prexy Steve Capus.
Earlier this year, Engel received the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia U. award and Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism.