John Seigenthaler (anchorman)
|Born||John Michael Seigenthaler
December 21, 1955
|Education||Duke University B.S. in public policy|
|Occupation||Journalist and News Anchor|
|Employer||Al Jazeera America|
|Known for||KOMO-TV, NBC News and MSNBC anchor|
|Spouse(s)||Kerry Brock (1992–present)|
|Parents||John Seigenthaler and Dolores Watson-Seigenthaler|
John Michael Seigenthaler (//; born December 21, 1955) is an American news anchor for Al Jazeera America. He formerly was an anchor and correspondent who worked for both NBC and MSNBC. He is the son of the late newspaper journalist John Lawrence Seigenthaler. He is best known for his eight-year tenure as weekend anchor of NBC Nightly News. In July 2008, Seigenthaler joined his family company Seigenthaler Public Relations, but continued to be based in New York. On July 8, 2013 it was announced he had joined Al Jazeera America as its evening news anchor.
Life and career
Seigenthaler began his television news career in 1980 as a writer and producer at WNGE-TV (now WKRN-TV) in Nashville, Tennessee. From 1981-90, he reported and produced for WSMV-TV, Nashville and also hosted a weekday public affairs show. From there he moved to KOMO-TV in Seattle, where he anchored the weekend evening news.
In January 1992, he married KOMO weeknight anchor Kerry Brock, who later joined him at the Weekend Anchor Desk at KOMO. Then he moved back to Nashville, where he co-anchored the evening news for WKRN-TV.
Seigenthaler served as the anchor for the weekend edition of NBC Nightly News for more than seven years of his 11-year tenure with NBC News. Seigenthaler announced during his April 1, 2007 newscast that it was his final broadcast as anchor of the weekend edition of NBC Nightly News. He also hosted the television shows "Lockup" and "MSNBC Investigates" on MSNBC. NBC News President Steve Capus said Seigenthaler's contract was not renewed because the network could no longer afford the luxury of having an anchor whose primary duty was anchoring the weekend evening news programs. It was announced in October 2006 that job cuts and consolidation of operations would slice some $750 million from parent NBC Universal's budget by 2008.
After NBC, he worked for the Associated Press until joining Seigenthaler Public Relations in July 2008. In 2013 he began work for Al Jazeera America as the anchorman for its one hour prime time news broadcasts at 8pm eastern and 11pm eastern time.
- Two-time Emmy Award recipient
- Recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Television News award
- Recipient of the National Headliner Award
- Recipient of the American Bar Association Award
- Iris Award winner
- Seigenthaler, John M. (1997). Nashville: City of Note (Urban Tapestry Series). Memphis, TN: Towery Pub. ISBN 1-881096-43-2.
- Yahoo Business Press Release (July 17, 2008)
- Associated Press (April 2, 2007). John Seigenthaler Leaves NBC Anchor Spot.
- "Seigenthaler Public Relations: Staff - Bio". Archived from the original on September 7, 2011. Retrieved July 22, 2012.
- "People & Places" column, Business section, The Advocate of Stamford, Connecticut, July 22, 2008, p A7 (both Stamford and Norwalk editions; Greenwich Time newspaper publishes the same business section: "John Seigenthaler of Weston has joined Seigenthaler Public Relations Inc. [...]"