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Al Jazeera America
Al Jazeera America Logo.png
Launched August 20, 2013 (2013-08-20)
Network Al Jazeera
Owned by Al Jazeera Media Network
Picture format 720p (HDTV)
(HD feed downgraded to letterboxed 480i for SDTVs)
Slogan "There's More To It"
"Your Global News Leader"
"Change The Way You Look At News"
"Where The News Is The Star"
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area United States
Headquarters Manhattan Center,
New York City, New York
Replaced Current TV
Sister channel(s) Al Jazeera English
AJ+
beIN Sport
Website america.aljazeera.com
Availability
Satellite
AMC-11
North America
3910 V / 13200 / 5/6 (HD)
DirecTV Channel 347 (SD only)
Channel 1347 (VOD)
Dish Network Channel 215 (SD only)
4DTV Channel W5261
Cable
Comcast Channel 107 or 125 (SD only)
Verizon FiOS Channel 114 (SD)
Channel 614 (HD)
Time Warner Cable Channel varies by market (SD) / (HD)
Bright House Networks Channel varies by market (SD) / (HD)
In-House (Washington) Channel 22
Available on some cable providers Check local listings
IPTV
Google Fiber Channel 106 (HD)
CenturyLink Channel 220 and 3740 (SD only)
AT&T U-Verse Channel 219 (SD) and 1219 (HD)
Streaming media
Livestation AJAM Live (Free, 502 Kbit/s) (Not available in the United States)

Al Jazeera America (AJAM) is an American basic cable and satellite news television channel that is owned by the Qatar-royal family's Al Jazeera Media Network. The channel, which was launched on August 20, 2013, directly competes with CNN, HLN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, and in certain markets, RT America. The channel is Al Jazeera's second entry into the U.S. television market, after the launch of beIN Sport in 2012.

The channel is headquartered and run from studios on the first floor of the Manhattan Center in New York City.[1][1][2][3] It also has a total of 12 bureaus located in Washington, D.C., at the Newseum, Chicago, Detroit, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Dallas, Denver, Miami, and San Francisco (former headquarters of Current TV and current headquarters of online channel AJ+).[1][4]

Because Current TV (the channel Al Jazeera America replaced) operated on a standard definition feed, it is transmitted from cable providers that previously carried Current TV in standard definition only, even though the channel produces its programming in high definition due to Al Jazeera still being under Current's carriage deals on those providers. Google Fiber, Bright House Networks and Time Warner Cable were the first providers in the United States that broadcast Al Jazeera America in high definition due to those being new deals.[5]

On May 14, 2014, Verizon FiOS added high-definition carriage on its service.[6] On June 27, 2014, AT&T U-Verse added the channel.[7]

Development[edit]

The creation of Al Jazeera America was announced on January 2, 2013, along with the announcement that the network had purchased the user generated content channel turned progressive-oriented cable television channel Current TV, which had long been struggling in the ratings and after two format changes had announced in October 2012 that it was considering a sale of the channel.[8] It was reported that Al Jazeera planned on shutting down Current TV, keeping its production staff and possibly some programs, and using the company's distribution network to broadcast Al Jazeera America.[9] Current TV by coincidence was formerly Newsworld International, an international news channel run by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

On July 22, 2013, Al Jazeera America named former ABC News Vice President Kate O'Brian as president of the network, and Ehab Al Shihabi as interim CEO in charge of business affairs. In addition, former CNN veteran David Doss was named Vice President of News Programming and former CBS News executive Marcy McGinnis was named Vice President of News Gathering. Former MSNBC executive Shannon High-Bassalik was named Senior Vice President of Documentaries and Programs.[10]

Al Jazeera said it received more than 21,000 job applications for 400 positions at its U.S. network. Approximately 200 Current TV employees, including some 50 in editorial, were absorbed by the new operation.[2] It planned to have a total of 800 employees at the channel's launch. Al Jazeera America also announced that the channel would employ well-known veteran journalists, anchors, and producers.[11]

On July 3, 2013, Ali Velshi confirmed that Al Jazeera America's launch would take place on August 20, 2013.[12] The launch took place at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on that date, with an hour-long preview special entitled This is Al Jazeera. News coverage began immediately afterward at 4:00 p.m. Al Jazeera America's website launched on August 8, 2013.[13]

Content and programs[edit]

Originally 60% of the channel's programming would be produced in America, while an additional 40% would come from Al Jazeera English. That has since changed to almost all of the channel's program content being originated from the United States. In an interview with The New York Times, head of international operations Ehab Al Shihabi said Al Jazeera America's content on "most days will primarily be domestic news. But Al Jazeera’s seventy bureaus around the world will mean that we will have an unparalleled ability to report on important global stories that Americans are not seeing elsewhere. We will do that when it is warranted".[14] Al Shihabi said that the channel would feature less political discussion and celebrity news, and that newsgathering will take priority over maximizing profits (the network will air only six minutes of commercials per hour, a rate far fewer than competing networks).[15][16] Its three-hour morning program will have a different format focusing on hard news and not "a group of anchors chatting on a couch".[17]

Al Jazeera America airs live programming at all hours, including half-hour news bulletins at 2 or 3 a.m., while other cable news channels run rebroadcasts of the previous evening's primetime programs.[2] A three-hour morning show, talk shows and taped documentaries are also planned. Three Al Jazeera English programs that are based in Washington, The Stream, Inside Story and Fault Lines were included on the launch schedule, as well as The Frost Interview and Listening Post. The flagship nighttime show is called America Tonight. It is a weeknight news magazine that presents the day’s news in Al Jazeera's long-form style with "stories that are not covered elsewhere".[18]

Al Jazeera America's original senior executive producer for news and special projects was Bob Wheelock, a former senior producer for ABC and NBC News. Wheelock left the network shortly after the launch to head up a political campaign in Delaware.

CNN chief business correspondent and the anchor of Your Money, Ali Velshi was the first major name to join Al Jazeera America. He hosts a daily, half-hour show called Real Money with Ali Velshi.[19] The show was originally going to be once a week until the end of 2013 before becoming a daily show but launched as a daily show.[20]

The channel has a 16-person investigative unit and hired veteran National Headline Award-winning journalist Edward Pound (formerly of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report and the National Journal) to lead its investigation division. Josh Bernstein of Denver Fox affiliate KDVR was hired as the lead investigative reporter, along with Trevor Aaronson, an award-winning author and investigative journalist and the former co-founder and associate director of the nonprofit Florida Center for Investigative Reporting who will serve as the networks investigative digital reporter based in Washington, D.C.[21][22] It later hired Andrea Stone, most recently of The Huffington Post, and Tony Karon, most recently of TIME Magazine, to manage both U.S. and global coverage for the channel's website and other digital platforms. The two will determine the overall editorial direction for the site and both will be based in New York City.[23]

The channel also hired Kim Bondy, a former executive producer with CNN to produce its flagship news program America Tonight, a newsmagazine program that is hosted by original CNN International anchor and former CBS News correspondent Joie Chen, produced from Al Jazeera America's Newseum studio in Washington, D.C., and featuring correspondents Adam May, Lori Jane Gliha, former CBS, ABC and CBC news correspondent Sheila MacVicar and former Current TV correspondent Christof Putzel.[24][25][26] The program presents in-depth segments each night on the economy, government, education, healthcare and the environment, and include breaking news stories. The program also features work by the Al Jazeera America investigative unit and covers stories in depth from across America, revealing new insights on the news of the day and breaking stories with its own original reporting. America Tonight also incorporates social media interaction on screen and off to reflect the views of its American audience. On July 1, 2013, longtime CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien was hired to be a special correspondent for America Tonight, as well as a deal with her production company Starfish Media Group to produce long-form documentaries for Al Jazeera America.[27]

An American version of the popular Al Jazeera English program The Stream is also featured on the channel. It is produced from Washington, D.C., and hosted by veteran journalist and former ABC News correspondent Lisa Fletcher. The show is formatted to allow viewers to interact with Fletcher and her guests during the program via Twitter, Facebook, Google+ Hangouts and Skype. The show's social media team and second screen technology enable viewers to engage 24 hours a day with new content, comments, user-generated videos and a variety of posts. The Stream relies heavily on a variety of online resources and social media tools to connect with people across the United States and around the world. This includes "Storify", which allows the aggregation of additional information, links, and photos about show topics on the website; "Video Genie", which enables viewers to leave video questions for the show 24-7; and Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Reddit. It also hosts Google+ Hangouts and uses Skype rather than satellite feeds for nearly all guest interviews.[28] Less hard-news orientated than Al Jazeera America's other shows, guests have included everyone from civil rights group leaders to Kathy Griffin.

On July 21, 2013, the network hired former Fox News, MSNBC, and Current TV veteran David Shuster to host a show during "the evening hours".[29] Shuster is currently an analyst on the midday and evening news on the channel as well as a fill in host.

On July 26, 2013, the network announced that former Good Morning America host and award-winning journalist Antonio Mora would host a current events talk show called Consider This, a program which showcases "hard-hitting interviews and panel discussions on issues important to American viewers". Consider This also features interactive segments where the audience will join the conversation via social media.[30] The first episode of the show highlighted the hunger strike and court-approved force-feeding in California's prison system.

The channel announced plans to produce and acquire documentaries. Kathy Davidov and Cynthia Kane were hired as the senior executive producer and senior producer for its in-house documentary film unit. Davodov comes from the National Geographic Channel, where she produced shows such as Border Wars and the Explorer special. Kane came from ITVS, where she managed over 150 projects and worked with the Sundance Channel.[31]

On April 13, 2014 the channel began showing Borderland, a documentary series on illegal immigration which follows six Americans as they retrace the fatal journey of three undocumented migrants who died attempting to cross into the United States. Borderland was the first Documentary series for the channel. A second one called The System focusing on the U.S. prison system is upcoming.

The News Team[edit]

Al Jazeera America's news anchors include Randall Pinkston, John Seigenthaler, formerly of NBC News and WSMV in Nashville, Richelle Carey, formerly of CNN and HLN, Jonathan Betz, formerly of WFAA in Dallas and WWL-TV in New Orleans, Tony Harris formerly of sister station Al Jazeera English and CNN, Michael Eaves, Stephanie Sy, Morgan Radford, Thomas Drayton and Del Walters, formerly of ABC affiliate WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C.[32][33]

Al Jazeera America's weather team consists of meteorologists Nicole Mitchell formerly of The Weather Channel and an current U.S. Air Force reservist in the 53d Weather Reconnaissance Squadron and member of the NOAA Hurricane Hunters, Eboni Deon formerly of The Weather Channel, Kevin Corriveau formerly of Al Jazeera English, Rebecca Stevenson and Dave Warren.

Their sports team consists of Michael Eaves, Jeff Green, Ross Shimabuku and Lead Sports Interviewer Jessica Taff formerly of Yes Network. In April 2014 Al Jazeera America scaled down their sports department but kept all of their on air staff and converted Eaves into a duel sports anchor and fill-in news anchor.

Other People[edit]

Mike Viqueira was hired on June 5, 2013 to be Al Jazeera America's first White House correspondent.[34]

In November 2013 Al Jazeera America hired Ray Suarez formerly of PBS Newshour to host Inside Story.

Programming[edit]

The morning and afternoon hours contain live news (between 2 a.m. and 2 p.m. Eastern Time). International morning and midday news segments are provided by Al Jazeera English with Newshour.

Current shows[edit]

Weekdays[edit]

ET Program Host(s) Location Description
1a-2a
Consider This
Antonio Mora New York City Weeknight current affairs talk show. Show will feature interviews with prominent newsmakers, panel discussions that provide insight through varied perspectives and involvement of the show’s audience using social media.
2a-3a
Real Money with Ali Velshi
Ali Velshi New York City A show based on how financial news and the economy affect Americans covering a variety of topics including employment, personal finance, healthcare and education. 30-minute magazine-style program featuring a mix of field reports from business correspondents across the U.S., in-studio guests and interactive discussions with viewers.
3a-3:30a
Newshour
TBA Doha 30 Minutes of international news.
3:30a-4a
Inside Story
Ray Suarez Washington D.C. Show provides analysis, background and context on the top stories of the day. Each episode features a panel of expert guests who examine and debate domestic and international topics ripped from the headlines.
4a-5a
America Tonight
Joie Chen Washington D.C. (Newseum) Al Jazeera America’s flagship show, an hour-long news and current affairs magazine. Segments feature in-depth reports on subjects such as the economy, government, education, healthcare, and the environment, as well as breaking news featuring correspondents from across the country.
5a-6a
Real Money with Ali Velshi
Ali Velshi New York City A show based on how financial news and the economy affect Americans covering a variety of topics including employment, personal finance, healthcare and education. 30-minute magazine-style program featuring a mix of field reports from business correspondents across the U.S., in-studio guests and interactive discussions with viewers.
6a-7a
Newshour
TBA Doha/London 1 hour of national and international news from Al Jazeera English.
7a-9a
Morning News
Stephanie Sy, Del Walters, and Nicole Mitchell (Weather) New York City Morning block of national and international news.
9a-10a
Newshour
Laura Kyle and Julie McDonald Doha/London 1 hour of national and international news from Al Jazeera English.
10a-11a
Consider This
Antonio Mora New York City Weeknight current affairs talk show. Show will feature interviews with prominent newsmakers, panel discussions that provide insight through varied perspectives and involvement of the show’s audience using social media.
11a-11:30a
News
Del Walters New York City 30 minutes of national and international news.
11:30a-12p
Inside Story
Ray Suarez Washington D.C. Show provides analysis, background and context on the top stories of the day. Each episode features a panel of expert guests who examine and debate domestic and international topics ripped from the headlines.
12p-12:30p
Newshour
Various Doha 30 minutes of international news from Al Jazeera English.
12:30p-1p
The Stream
Lisa Fletcher and Wajahat Ali Washington D.C. Current events discussion and debate show formatted to allow viewers to interact with the hosts and guests during the program via Twitter, Facebook, Google+ Hangouts and Skype.
1p-1:30p
News
Del Walters New York City 30 minutes of national and international news.
1:30p-2p
Various Programs
Various Various Programs aired at this time include EarthRise, TechKnow and Talk To Al Jazeera.
2p-3p
Newshour
David Foster and Lauren Taylor Doha/London 1 hour of national and international news from Al Jazeera English.
3p-4p
Various Programs
Various Various Programs aired at this time include Al Jazeera Documentaries, Witness, Head to Head, Toughest Place to be a... and Al Jazeera Correspondent.
4p–5p
Early Afternoon News
Tony Harris New York City An hour-long afternoon report on the day's top stories and reports on ongoing headlines.
5p–5:30p
Inside Story
Ray Suarez Washington D.C. Show provides analysis, background and context on the top stories of the day. Each episode features a panel of expert guests who examine and debate domestic and international topics ripped from the headlines.
5:30p-6p
Various Programs
Various Various Programs aired at this time include 101 East, Witness, Fault Lines, People & Power, The Truth Is..., TechKnow and Talk to Al Jazeera.
6p–7p
Early Evening News
Tony Harris New York City An hour-long report on the day’s events and continuing reports on ongoing stories.
7p-8p
Real Money with Ali Velshi
Ali Velshi New York City A show based on how financial news and the economy affect Americans covering a variety of topics including employment, personal finance, healthcare and education. 30-minute magazine-style program featuring a mix of field reports from business correspondents across the U.S., in-studio guests and interactive discussions with viewers.
8p–9p
Nightly News
John Seigenthaler New York City One-hour of news in prime time that reports the day’s events and provides updates on ongoing stories.
9p–10p
America Tonight
Joie Chen Washington D.C. (Newseum) Al Jazeera America’s flagship show, an hour-long news and current affairs magazine. Segments feature in-depth reports on subjects such as the economy, government, education, healthcare, and the environment, as well as breaking news featuring correspondents from across the country.
10p–11p
Consider This
Antonio Mora New York City Weeknight current affairs talk show. Show will feature interviews with prominent newsmakers, panel discussions that provide insight through varied perspectives and involvement of the show’s audience using social media.
11p–12a
Late Night News
John Seigenthaler New York City A second hour of news.

Saturdays[edit]

ET Program Host(s) Location Description
7:30a–9a
Monring News
Morgan Radford New York City Morning block of national and international news.
4p–5p
Early Afternoon News
TBD New York City An hour-long afternoon report on the day's top stories and reports on ongoing headlines.
5p–5:30p
Talk To Al Jazeera
Various Various Interview program with prominent world figures.
5:30p-6p
The Stream
Lisa Fletcher and Wajahat Ali Washington D.C. Current events discussion and debate show formatted to allow viewers to interact with the hosts and guests during the program via Twitter, Facebook, Google+ Hangouts and Skype.
6p–7p
Early Evening News
TBD New York City An hour-long report on the day’s events and continuing reports on ongoing stories.
7p–7:30p
Fault Lines
Josh Rushing, Zeina Awad, and Sebastian Walker San Francisco and on location A show that takes viewers behind a particular story and reports on it in-depth using in-depth interviews and investigative reporting.
7:30p-8p
TechKnow
Phil Torres and others Los Angeles Fast-paced, 30-minute show that explores and exposes how the latest scientific discoveries are changing our lives.
8p–9p
Nightly News
John Seigenthaler New York City One-hour of news in prime time reports the day’s events and provides updates on ongoing stories.
9p–10p
America Tonight
Joie Chen Washington D.C. (Newseum) Al Jazeera America’s flagship show, an hour-long news and current affairs magazine. Segments feature in-depth reports on subjects such as the economy, government, education, healthcare, and the environment, as well as breaking news featuring correspondents from across the country.
10p–11p
Consider This
Antonio Mora New York City A best-of version of the weeknight current affairs talk show. Show will feature interviews with prominent newsmakers, panel discussions that provide insight through varied perspectives and involvement of the show’s audience using social media.
11p–12a
Late Night News
TBA New York City A second hour of news.

Sundays[edit]

ET Program Host(s) Location Description
12a-1a
America Tonight
Joie Chen Washington D.C. (Newseum) Al Jazeera America’s flagship show, an hour-long news and current affairs magazine. Segments feature in-depth reports on subjects such as the economy, government, education, healthcare, and the environment, as well as breaking news featuring correspondents from across the country.
1a–2a
Consider This
Antonio Mora New York City Weeknight current affairs talk show. Show will feature interviews with prominent newsmakers, panel discussions that provide insight through varied perspectives and involvement of the show’s audience using social media.
2a–2:30a
News
TBA New York City / Doha 30 Minutes of national and international news.
2:30a-3a
Inside Story
Ray Suarez Washington D.C. Show provides analysis, background and context on the top stories of the day. Each episode features a panel of expert guests who examine and debate domestic and international topics ripped from the headlines.
3a-3:30a
News
TBA New York City / Doha 30 Minutes of national and international news.
3:30a-4a
Real Money with Ali Velshi
Ali Velshi New York City A show based on how financial news and the economy affect Americans covering a variety of topics including employment, personal finance, healthcare and education. 30-minute magazine-style program featuring a mix of field reports from business correspondents across the U.S., in-studio guests and interactive discussions with viewers.
7:30a–9a
Morning News
Morgan Radford New York City Morning block of national and international news.
10a-11a
Newshour
David Foster Doha 1 hour of national and international news from Al Jazeera English.
11a-11:30a
News
Morgan Radford New York City 30 Minutes of national and international news.
11:30a–12p
Listening Post
Richard Gizbert London Current affairs program that critiques journalism and the media industry around the world.
12p-12:30p
Newshour
TBA Doha 30 Minutes of international news.
12:30p-1p
The Stream
Lisa Fletcher and Wajahat Ali Washington D.C. Current events discussion and debate show formatted to allow viewers to interact with the hosts and guests during the program via Twitter, Facebook, Google+ Hangouts and Skype.
1p-2p
Newshour
TBA Doha 1 hour of national and international news from Al Jazeera English.
2p-2:30p
News
TBA New York City 30 Minutes of national and international news.
2:30p-3p
Real Money with Ali Velshi
Ali Velshi New York City A show based on how financial news and the economy affect Americans covering a variety of topics including employment, personal finance, healthcare and education. 30-minute magazine-style program featuring a mix of field reports from business correspondents across the U.S., in-studio guests and interactive discussions with viewers.
3p-4p
Al Jazeera America Presents
Various Various Documentary and investigative series focused on a specific topic.
4p–5p
Early Afternoon News
Jonathan Betz New York City An hour-long afternoon report on the day's top stories and reports on ongoing headlines.
5p-6p
America Tonight
Joie Chen Washington D.C. (Newseum) Al Jazeera America’s flagship show, an hour-long news and current affairs magazine. Segments feature in-depth reports on subjects such as the economy, government, education, healthcare, and the environment, as well as breaking news featuring correspondents from across the country.
6p–7p
Early Evening News
Jonathan Betz New York City An hour-long report on the day’s events and continuing reports on ongoing stories.
7p–7:30p
Talk To Al Jazeera
TBD Various Interview program with prominent world figures.
7:30p–8p
Listening Post
Richard Gizbert London Current affairs program that critiques journalism and the media industry around the world.
8p–9p
Nightly News
Jonathan Betz New York City One-hour of news in prime time reports the day’s events and provides updates on ongoing stories.
9p-10p
Al Jazeera America Presents
Various Various Documentary and investigative series focused on a specific topic.
10p–10:30p
Talk To Al Jazeera
TBD Various Interview program with prominent world figures.
11p–12a
Late Night News
Jonathan Betz New York City A second hour of news.

[35][36]

Also airing at various times are the Al Jazeera English programs The Frost Interview, Witness, Earthrise, Listening Post, Talk To Al Jazeera, Al Jazeera Correspondent and 101 East and shows brought in from other channels in the UK and Australia.

On-air staff[edit]

Anchors/hosts[edit]

  • Wajahat Ali - co-host of The Stream
  • Paul Beban - anchor/reporter
  • Jonathan Betz - anchor/reporter
  • Richelle Carey - anchor/reporter
  • Joie Chen - host of America Tonight
  • Kevin Corriveau - meteorologist
  • Eboni Deon - meteorologist
  • Thomas Drayton - anchor
  • Lisa Fletcher - host of The Stream
  • Maria Ines Ferre - anchor/reporter
  • Kosta Grammatis - host of TechKnow
  • Tony Harris - anchor of Early Afternoon News and Early Evening News
  • Michael Eaves - anchor/sports reporter
  • Nicole Mitchell - meteorologist
  • Antonio Mora - host of Consider This
  • Randall Pinkston - anchor/reporter
  • Erica Pitzi - anchor/reporter
  • Morgan Radford - anchor/reporter
  • Robert Ray - anchor/reporter
  • Cara Santa Maria - host of TechKnow
  • John Seigenthaler - host of Nightly News
  • David Shuster - anchor/reporter, and host of "Talk to Al Jazeera"
  • John Henry Smith - anchor/reporter
  • Ray Suarez - host of "Inside Story"
  • Rebecca Stevenson - meteorologist
  • Stephanie Sy - anchor
  • Phil Torres - host of TechKnow
  • Ali Velshi - host of Real Money
  • Del Walters - anchor/reporter
  • Dave Warren - meteorologist

Correspondents[edit]

  • Josh Bernstein - investigative reporter
  • Chris Bury - reporter and America Tonight correspondent
  • Libby Casey - Washington D.C. correspondent / fill in host
  • Melissa Chan - San Francisco correspondent
  • Patty Culhane - Washington D.C. correspondent
  • Kilmeny Duchardt - reporter and America Tonight correspondent
  • Duarte Geraldino - Real Money correspondent
  • Lori Jane Gliha - America Tonight correspondent
  • Jeff Green - sports reporter
  • Erica Ferrari - reporter
  • Kimberly Halkett - reporter
  • David Hawkins - Detroit correspondent
  • Sarah Hoye - America Tonight correspondent
  • Azmat Khan - America Tonight reporter / senior digital producer
  • Courtney Kealy - Consider This and America Tonight correspondent
  • Jennifer London - Los Angeles correspondent
  • Sheila MacVicar - America Tonight correspondent
  • Jonathan Martin - Nashville bureau reporter
  • Lisa Stark - reporter
  • Adam May - America Tonight correspondent
  • Jeanne Meserve - Washington D.C. correspondent
  • Soledad O'Brien - special correspondent
  • Bisi Onile-Ere - Detroit bureau reporter
  • Michelle Ow - America Tonight correspondent
  • Edward Pound - investigative reporter
  • Christof Putzel - America Tonight correspondent
  • Ash-har Quraishi - Chicago bureau reporter
  • Robert Ray - New Orleans bureau reporter
  • Josh Rushing - reporter
  • Patricia Sabga - Real Money correspondent
  • Neil Scarbrough - sports reporter
  • Allen Schauffler - Seattle bureau reporter
  • William Schneider - political analyst and contributor
  • Roxana Saberi - reporter/Consider This correspondent
  • Michael Shure - contributor/political contributor
  • Nick Schifrin - Foreign correspondent
  • Ross Shimabuku - sports reporter
  • Jessica Taff - sports interviewer
  • John Terrett - reporter
  • Stacey Tisdale - Real Money correspondent
  • Mike Viqueira - White House correspondent
  • Jacob Ward - Science and Technology correspondent
  • Heidi Zhou-Castro - reporter
  • Sameen Amin

International correspondents (Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera Balkans)[edit]

Al Jazeera utilizes foreign correspondents from Al Jazeera English.

Middle East and Maghreb[edit]

Correspondents and Reporters: Hoda Abdel-Hamid, Mike Hanna (&: presenter/host); Zeina Khodr (Lebanon), Nisreen El-Shamayleh (Jordan), Hashem Ahelbarra (Gulf states), Omar Al-Saleh (Near East), Dominic Kane, (West Africa), (&: producer), Imran Khan (Iraq), Soraya Lennie (Iran), Bernard Smith (West Africa), Mohamed Vall (North Africa), Stefanie Dekker (Israel/Palestine), Rula Amin (Lebanon), Nicole Johnston (Egypt), Sebastian Walker (Libya) (&: presenter), Mahmoud Abdelwahed (Libya), Youssef Gaigi (Tunisia), Sue Turton (&: presenter/host); Joanna Blundell, Jamal Elshayyal (&: host), Erica Wood; Science & technology: Tarek Bazley & Gerald Tan; Clayton Swisher (AJ.IU); Naser Shadid (Syria - Deraa), Mahmoud al-Zabeik (Syria - Damascus) [Al Jazeera (Arabic): dubbed]; Juliana Ruhfus, Phil Rees; Dorothy Parvaz, Jane Arraf, Tony Birtley, Emike Umolu (producer)

Countries and correspondents:
'Maghreb:
Tunis (Tunisia): Youssef Gaigi
Tripoli (Libya): Sebastian Walker, Mahmoud Abdelwahed
West Africa (varies): [on rotation]: Dominic Kane, Bernard Smith, Nadim Baba, Peter Greste
Gaza (Palestine - Gaza Strip):
Ramallah (Palestine - West Bank):
Jerusalem (Israel/Palestine): [on rotation]: Nick Spicer
Amman (Jordan): Nisreen El-Shamayleh
Beirut (Lebanon): Zeina Khodr, Rula Amin
Antakya (Turkey - Hatay):
West Asia
Baghdad (Iraq): Imran Khan
Tehran (Iran): Soraya Lennie

Sub-Saharan Africa[edit]

Bureaus: Nairobi, Harare, Johannesburg, Abuja

Correspondents: Peter Greste†, Nazanine Moshiri, Mohammed Adow, Haru Mutasa, Tania Page, Andrew Simmons; Yvonne Ndege (West Africa), Catherine Soi (Kenya), Malcolm Webb (East Africa), Nicolas Haque (Senegal), Ahmed Idris (Nigeria), Harriet Martin (Sudan), Anna Cavell (South Sudan), Rawya Rageh(Kenya)

Countries and correspondents:
Khartoum: (Sudan): Harriet Martin
East Africa:
Juba: (South Sudan): Haru Mutasa
Kampala: (Uganda): Malcolm Webb
Nairobi Bx.: (Kenya): Catherine Soi, Rawya Rageh
Central Africa
Bangui: (Central African Republic): Nazanine Moshiri, Andrew Simmons
Southern Africa:
Johannesburg Bx.: (South Africa): (Haru Mutasa), Tania Page
West Africa:
Abuja: (Nigeria): Yvonne Ndege, Ahmed Idris (&: producer)
Dakar: (Sénégal): Nicolas Haque

† Currently being held in Egypt

Europe[edit]

Al Jazeera London

Correspondents and reporters: Jonah Hull, Barnaby Phillips, Laurence Lee (UK), Nadim Baba, Paul Brennan, Rory Challands, David Chater, Tim Friend, Emma Hayward, Phil Lavelle, Simon McGregor-Wood, Anita McNaught, Jacky Rowland, Peter Sharp, Nick Spicer, John Psaropoulos (Greece, & Romania), Claudio Lavanga (Italy), Karl Stagno-Navarra (Malta), Neave Barker, Robin Forestier-Walker, Sonia Gallego, Aljoša Milenković, Charlie Angela, Catherine Stancl (United Kingdom), Kim Vinnell (United Kingdom), Alex Forrest (Denmark), Linda Nyberg (Sweden), Harry Smith; Uluç Akay, Işıl Sarıyüce, Milica Marinović, Arduana Kurić, Jasmina Kos; Imogen Brennan, Barbara Angopa

Countries and correspondents:
Dublin (Ireland): (Laurence Lee)
London (United Kingdom) Bx.: Laurence Lee, Catherine Stancl, Kim Vinnell
Paris (France): [on rotation]:
Berlin (Germany): (Nick Spicer)
Moscow (Russia): [on rotation]: Peter Sharp
Kyiv (Ukraine): (Nick Spicer), (David Chater), (Barnaby Phillips), (Rory Challands), (Tim Friend), (Robin Forestier-Walker), Jennifer Glasse, Aljoša Milenković
Istanbul (Turkey): Anita McNaught
Athens (Greece): John Psaropoulos
Rome (Italy): Claudio Lavanga, Sonia Gallego
Al Jazeera Balkans:
Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina): Nadina Maličbegović
Belgrade (Serbia): Marko Subotić

The Americas (outside of United States)[edit]

North America:
Toronto (Canada): Daniel Lak

Latin America:
Mexico City (Mexico): Adam Raney, (Rachel Levin)
Guatemala City (Guatemala): David Mercer
Caracas (Venezuela): (Mariana Sanchez)
Bogotá (Colombia): Alessandro Rampietti
Lima (Perú): Mariana Sanchez
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil): Rachel Levin
São Paulo (Brazil): Gabriel Elizondo
Buenos Aires Bx.: (Argentina): Lucia Newman, Teresa Bo, Daniel Schweimler, Monica Yanakiew

Asia-Pacific[edit]

Al Jazeera Office, Kuala Lumpur

Correspondents: Marga Ortigas, Harry Fawcett, Wayne Hay, Scott Heidler, Florence Looi, Rob McBride, Stephanie Scawen, Verónica Pedrosa (Thailand, &: news-presenter/host), Step Vaessen (Indonesia), Kamal Hyder (Pakistan), Jane Ferguson (Afghanistan), Jennifer Glasse, Rob Reynolds (Bangladesh), Andrew Thomas (Australia), Jamela Alindogan (Philippines), Nidhi Dutt (India, &: presenter), Faiz Jamil (India), Craig Leeson (Hong Kong, PRC), Subina Shreshta (Nepal, &: presenter), Imtiaz Tyab (Pakistan), Karishma Vyas (India); Tanvir Chowdhury (Bangladesh), Minelle Fernandez (Sri Lanka), Maher Sattar (Bangladesh); Paul Beban (Philippines), Steve Chao, Aya Asakura (Japan), Jonathan Gravenor (Thailand) Nirmal Ghosh, Shamim Chowdhury, Brian Thomson; Divya Gopalan (India & Tajikistan, &: news-presenter/host), Sohail Rahman (India, &: news-presenter)

Countries and correspondents:
South Asia:
Kabul (Afghanistan): Jane Ferguson, (Jennifer Glasse)
Islamabad (Pakistan): Kamal Hyder, Imtiaz Tyab
New Delhi (India): Nidhi Dutt, Faiz Jamil, Karishma Vyas
Kathmandu (Nepal): Subina Shreshta
Dhaka (Bangladesh): Rob Reynolds, Tanvir Chowdhury, Maher Sattar
Colombo (Sri Lanka): Minelle Fernandez
North-East Asia:
Hong Kong (China): Rob McBride, Craig Leeson
Beijing (China): Marga Ortigas
Seoul (South Korea): Harry Fawcett
Tokyo (Japan): Aya Asakura
ASEAN region:
Naypyidaw (Myanmar): (Florence Looi)
Bangkok (Thailand): Veronica Pedrosa, Scott Heidler, (Wayne Hay), Florence Looi, Jonathan Gravenor
Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia): Stephanie Scawen
Jakarta (Indonesia): Step Vaessen
Manila (Philippines): Jamela Alindogan
Australasia:
Sydney (Australia): Andrew Thomas
Wellington (New Zealand/Aotearoa):

Al Jazeera Investigative Unit[edit]

Formed in 2010, in its own words: the role of Al Jazeera Investigations is not to report the news, but to make the news.

The Unit, also known as 'the Investigations Team' or, simply, 'Al Jazeera Investigations' is headquartered at the Network headquarters in Doha, but also has representation in London, Washington, DC and San Francisco, the last two the base of the Al Jazeera America branch. The unit is a Al Jazeera Media Network asset and its reports will appear equally on the other channels, tailored appropriately for the relevant language and audience.

The Unit's investigations resulted, amongst others, in the documentary What Killed Arafat? This film won a CINE Golden Eagle Award. In 2013, the Arafat findings were indeed reported as a news-item on other networks. The documentaries are often presented under their own strand, as: Al Jazeera Investigates. It will reveal secrets and expose truths surrounded by silence.

The original Unit chief was Ahmad Ibrahim, but the current Manager of Investigative Journalism for the Al Jazeera Media Network is Clayton Swisher. Other leading figures include: Ed Pound, Trevor Aaronson, Frank Bass, Josh Bernstein, Simon Boazman, Will Jordan, Phil Rees, Ken Silverstein. At its launch, the unit had three separate teams.

Awards[edit]

In 2014 Al Jazeera America and producer Reed Lindsay won a Gracie Award in the “Outstanding Hard News Feature” category from the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation for the story “Fists of Fury,” which aired on America Tonight.[37] The award was the first award ever for the channel.

Al Jazeera America has also won a Shorty Award for "Best News Twitter Account".[38]

The Al Jazeera America show Fault Lines won two Peabody Awards in 2013 for the episodes "Haiti in a Time of Cholera"[39] and "Made in Bangladesh".[40]

The channel and Fault Lines also won a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for "Made in Bangladesh".[41]

Availability[edit]

The channel is currently available in at least 55 million American households with pay television service.[8][42][43] In contrast, Al Jazeera English, which launched in 2006 and, until 2013, the network's only English-language channel, was available in only a few U.S. cities and reached 4.7 million households, though it was live streamed online for free until the launch of Al Jazeera America.[8] Al Jazeera America's programming are not streamed live online in the United States due to contractural stipulations with cable and satellite providers.[44] However, it is being progressively added as a streaming service on the various TV Everywhere platforms of the service providers that the channel is available on as new deals are reached such as Time Warner's. Al Jazeera America replaced Current TV on Comcast, Dish Network, Verizon and DirecTV.[42] The channel is also available on Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks after a contract agreement was reached between Al Jazeera and the carriers on October 24, 2013.[45] Time Warner Cable, which carried Current TV in nine million households, originally dropped the channel because it did not consent to its sale to Al Jazeera.[46] Time Warner Cable carried Al Jazeera English in the New York City market because of a time lease agreement by that network on a subchannel of WRNN-TV until Al Jazeera English was withdrawn from US distribution. Al Jazeera America is also available on CenturyLink systems and some smaller cable systems. AT&T U-verse did not carry Al Jazeera America at launch, stating that it was due a contract dispute as the reason.[47] Al Jazeera responded with a lawsuit against AT&T for an alleged breach of contract.[48] On June 10, 2014, AT&T and Al Jazeera settled the lawsuit out of court. Al Jazeera America was added to AT&T U-Verse on June 27, 2014.[7] In October 2013, Al Jazeera America was added to Google Fiber's line up of channels.

Incidents[edit]

While covering the Ferguson protests in 2014, officers from the Ferguson Police Department shot rubber bullets and tear gas at an AJAM news crew including correspondent Ash-har Quraishi, who after yelling, "We're the press" caused them to abandon their recording equipment and run to safety.[49] The incident was caught on camera by KSDK-TV, a local NBC affiliate who was filming from across the street. An officer was captured on video turning the reporters' video camera toward the ground and dismantling their equipment.[50] Other incidents, including the arrests of two print journalists for The Washington Post and The Huffington Post, also occurred during the same time period. All of the incidents were considered attacks on press freedom by the local and county police and led to the state police being put in charge, as well as comments by President Barack Obama denouncing the actions.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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