Who We Are

As Al Jazeera America’s flagship program, America Tonight is a showcase for thought-provoking and insightful in-depth reporting and programming. Our mission is to tell urgent, important and underreported stories with the quality, depth and time they deserve.

Hosted by veteran journalist Joie Chen, America Tonight draws upon the reporting of its six award-winning correspondents, the global newsgathering resources of Al Jazeera Media Network’s 12 bureaus in the United States and more than 70 bureaus around the world, and will feature work from the Al Jazeera America investigative team.

Broadcast from a new, state-of-the-art studio located at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., the show airs Monday to Friday from 9-10 p.m. EST.

A veteran network anchor, Chen previously was a D.C.-based correspondent for CBS News, reporting from the White House, Capitol Hill and other D.C. beats for all of the network’s programming. She was also a contributor to CBS Sunday Morning, and received an Emmy for her coverage of the D.C. sniper attacks. Prior to her work at CBS, she was an anchor at CNN and CNN International covering world affairs and domestic issues, and reported for USA Today on TV.

The show will also feature reports from special correspondent Soledad O’Brien, an award-winning documentarian and one of America’s most-recognizable journalists. O’Brien launched Starfish Media Group and created the acclaimed documentary series “Black in America” and “Latino in America.” Her documentary work and breaking news coverage with CNN earned major honors including Peabody, duPont-Columbia and CINE awards.

The show’s six correspondents all bring years of experience reporting on some of America’s most pressing issues:

Sheila MacVicar

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.

Christof Putzel

Putzel is an award-winning journalist who most recently was the senior correspondent for Vanguard, Current TV’s investigative documentary series. A third generation journalist, Putzel has won the Alfred I. duPont Award in 2009 for his report, “From Russia with Hate,” about the rise of violent attacks against immigrants in Russia by neo-Nazi skinheads, and the same award in 2013 for his report “Arming the Mexican Cartels,” an investigation into the flow of guns from the United States fueling the drug wars in Mexico.

Sarah Hoye

Hoye comes to Al Jazeera America from CNN where she was an all-platform Journalist based in Philadelphia, covering stories such as the trial of Philadelphia abortion provider Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State, and the city’s gun crisis. She also was part of the CNN Peabody Award-winning team for its coverage of the BP Gulf oil spill in 2011. Hoye also worked at The Tampa Tribune/WFLA News Channel 8, The Lexington Herald-Leader and The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Adam May

May joins Al Jazeera America from Baltimore’s CBS affiliate, WJZ-13, where he was the weekend anchor. May’s investigative stories have covered issues including the energy crisis, port security, witness intimidation and prison staffing shortages. In 2006, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences named May “Best Live Reporter” for the Mid-Atlantic region.

Lori Jane Gliha

Gliha is a 12-time Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter who most recently worked at ABC15 in Phoenix. She has been recognized for her outstanding investigative reporting including undercover reports on questions and concerns in the medical marijuana debate, baggage theft problems at Sky Harbor International Airport and the ATF’s controversial Fast and Furious program.

Michael Okwu

Okwu has decades of journalism experience working in front of -- and behind -- the camera. In recent years, he hosted interview specials on public television in California, contributed reports to So-Cal Connected and worked on developing internationally syndicated television series. Before that, Okwu was a correspondent for NBC News plus a correspondent, assignment editor and producer for CNN. A native of Nigeria, Okwu’s reporting has garnered three Emmy Awards and a CableACE Award.

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