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NEW YORK – (July 30, 2013) – Al Jazeera America, the new American news channel that will launch on Aug. 20, today announced that Allen Schauffler will become the first correspondent at the channel’s new Seattle bureau.
Al Jazeera America will be a news, lifestyle and investigative journalism channel that will offer the U.S. audience objective, fact-based and in-depth news focused on issues that are important to everyday Americans. The Seattle bureau is one of 12 that the news channel will open in cities across the country.
Marcy McGinnis, Al Jazeera America’s senior vice-president, newsgathering, said that having a Seattle bureau is critically important for the channel. “Seattle is an economic, cultural and technological center for the United States and our Seattle bureau will allow us to report firsthand and in-depth on the news and events happening in the Pacific Northwest.”
Schauffler spent more than 20 years at KING as an anchor, reporter, show-host and the station’s primary correspondent for the last 7 Olympic Games. Prior to KING 5 News, Schauffler served as an anchor, reporter and producer for KSBY-TV in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Schauffler began his career as a reporter and photographer at KTVZ-TV in Bend, Ore.
“Allen’s extensive knowledge of the issues, newsmakers and events in Seattle and the rest of the Pacific Northwest will be extremely valuable to Al Jazeera America’s viewers,” said McGinnis. “He knows how to tell the stories that matter to local and regional viewers while providing national context for Americans across the country. That’s exactly how Al Jazeera America wants to present the news to its viewers.”
“This is a tremendous opportunity and I’m excited to be part of something new, something different, something that will be a fresh voice in the American news environment,” said Schauffler. “I was born here, raised here and have spent most of my professional life as a journalist here. I can’t wait to tell the stories of the Pacific Northwest to a national audience. Find interesting people, explore interesting issues, tell interesting stories: That’s my mission with Al Jazeera America and I can’t wait to get going.”
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