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NEW YORK – (July 15, 2013) – Al Jazeera America, the American news channel that will launch in August, has hired renowned Emmy Award-winning journalist Sheila MacVicar as a correspondent for America Tonight, its daily primetime current affairs magazine program.
MacVicar, who will be based in Al Jazeera America’s Washington, D.C. bureau, will contribute to America Tonight’s daily segments on the economy, international affairs, government, education, healthcare and the environment.
MacVicar will join previously announced correspondents Adam May, Lori Jane Gliha and Christof Putzel, and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien.
“Sheila MacVicar is an exceptional, veteran journalist who throughout her career has reported unbiased, fact-based stories,” said Kim Bondy executive producer for America Tonight. “Sheila will bring more than 30 years of reporting experience, especially her ability to engage viewers on the issues that will most affect their lives, to America Tonight’s viewers.”
MacVicar has won numerous awards for her reporting including three Emmy Awards, an Edward R. Murrow award, and a George Foster Peabody Award. She was a founding member of CNN’s post-9/11 award-winning investigative team and has extensive experience living in and reporting from conflict areas and regions with humanitarian crises, including the Balkans, Middle East, Southeast Asia and Africa.
“Al Jazeera America will be a channel committed to in-depth reporting that focuses on the human side of the story rather than on celebrities and statistics,” MacVicar said. “That’s what I have done throughout my career and something I am truly looking forward to continuing to do here.”
MacVicar most recently served as international correspondent for CBS News. She previously worked as a foreign correspondent for CNN, ABC News and CBC News.
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