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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 Bisi Onile-Ere is joining the channel as the first correspondent in its new Detroit 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 Detroit bureau is one of 12 that the news channel will open in cities across the country.
“Bisi has lived in Michigan the past 10 years and is committed to covering the news and its impact on the people who live in Detroit and the rest of the Midwest,” said Marcy McGinnis, Al Jazeera America’s senior vice-president, newsgathering. “That is the kind of dedication and experience that Al Jazeera America values and wants its correspondents to bring to its viewers.”
Before joining Al Jazeera America, Onile-Ere reported for WDIV-TV, Detroit’s NBC affiliate. She also was an anchor and reporter at WJRT-TV, the ABC affiliate in Flint, Mich. She began her career at KDLH in Duluth, Minn. as a morning anchor, reporter and producer, and at WCCO in Minneapolis, Minn.
Onile-Ere has won two Emmy Awards and an Associated Press Award.
“Local reporting is my passion and I take pride in being able to share the stories of the people in Detroit and make them relevant to Americans across the country,” said Onile-Ere. “Al Jazeera America is committed to telling the in-depth stories of everyday people from around the block and around the globe. Detroit has seen so much transformation in the last decade. I am excited to bring my experience and knowledge of it as I report on the business, political and social news happening here and in the larger Midwest region."
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