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NEW YORK – (February 10, 2014) – Al Jazeera America today announced that Nick Schifrin has joined the channel as Jerusalem correspondent. Since joining Al Jazeera America, Schifrin has covered the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela, the war in Syria from the Turkish-Syrian border and from peace talks in Geneva, as well as the ongoing Middle East peace talks and the conflict in Ukraine, among other international stories.
Prior to joining Al Jazeera America, Schifrin served in various roles as a correspondent, reporter and producer for ABC News for over 11 years. Most recently, Schifrin served as London correspondent and prior to that, for nearly four years he was ABC’s Afghanistan-Pakistan correspondent. In 2011 Schifrin was one of the first journalists to arrive in Abbottabad, Pakistan after Osama bin Laden’s death, and broadcast the first video from inside bin Laden’s compound. His reporting work in Pakistan helped ABC News win an Edward R. Murrow award for its bin Laden coverage.
Prior to moving to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Schifrin worked in India, where he and his colleagues at ABC News won an Emmy for their reporting on the effect of the global food crisis on India in 2008. He was one of the first international reporters to arrive on the scene of the November 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks
From 2002 to 2007, Schifrin was a producer for ABC News and covered Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 Presidential campaigns, among other national stories. He began his career as an overnight desk assistant at ABC News in 2002. A native of Los Angeles, he graduated from Columbia University, where he was the managing editor of The Columbia Daily Spectator.