Joie Chen

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Joie Chen
Born Joie Chen
Education Northwestern (BA)
Northwestern (MA)
Occupation Anchor
Years active 1985–present
Title Al Jazeera America America Tonight anchor

Joie Chen (born August 28, 1961) is the anchor of Al Jazeera America's flagship evening news show America Tonight, which launched August 2013.[1] A veteran network anchor, Chen previously was a Washington-based correspondent for CBS News, reporting from the White House, Capitol Hill and other beats for all of the network’s programming. She also contributed to CBS Sunday Morning and won 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 she reported for USA Today on TV.


Early career[edit]

Before CNN, she worked for six years as a reporter and anchor at Atlanta's WXIA-TV in Atlanta from 1985 to 1991, and also as a correspondent for USA Today On TV. She began her broadcast journalism career at WCIV-TV in Charleston, South Carolina as both a reporter and producer, but soon decided she had more talent as the former.[2] Chen received her bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She is a member of the Medill Board of Advisors,[3] and also serves on the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, as the representative from the Asian American Journalists Association.[4]


Chen worked at CNN from 1991 to 2001 for both CNN International and the network's domestic operations.[1] She covered the U.S. military operations in Somalia and Bosnia, anchored the coverage of the Columbine High School shootings, the trial of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh,[5] and won an Emmy award for her anchor work covering the bombing at Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Atlanta Games.[6] In 1996, Chen received the CableACE Award for Best Newcaster, along with her The World Today co-anchor Leon Harris.[7] Chen also created and anchored the network's first effort to include its online audience in its broadcasting, CNN NewsSite with Joie Chen.[8]


From 2002 until 2008, Chen worked as a White House and Capitol Hill correspondent at CBS News in Washington D.C., and contributed regularly to the network's long-form program CBS Sunday Morning. She anchored the network's coverage of the September 11 attacks, the military intervention in Afghanistan,[5] and every day of three-week Beltway sniper attacks in 2002, which garnered an Emmy award.[9] During her time at CBS, she was the only minority female to rank among the 50 most visible network correspondents.[10]

Note that Joie Chen is not to be confused with Julie Chen, who also worked at CBS at the time (and still, as of 2014, does); the two are not believed to be directly related.

Branded News Worldwide[edit]

In 2008, Chen left daily journalism to become Executive Vice President at Branded News Worldwide,[11] which developed online platforms to deliver news and information to niche audiences,[3] and a principal at the media consulting firm Way Forward Media. She was responsible for helping to develop news and programming models for clients, building and staffing newsrooms, and creating new lines of business.

Al Jazeera America[edit]

Summer 2013, Joie Chen joined Al Jazeera America to become sole anchor of their flagship news program, America Tonight. The show went live on August 20. Presenting long form TV nightly news, Chen has so far covered a range of human interest stories in the United States, as well as pressing domestic and international news stories.


Personal life[edit]

Joie Chen lives in Washington DC with her husband and her son.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b Byers, Dylan (2013-07-23). "Joie Chen to host Al Jazeera America's 'America Tonight'". Politico. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Interview with CNN's Joie Chen". Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University". Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Joie Chen to Represent AAJA on Journalism Accrediting Council". Asian American Journalists Association. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  5. ^ a b STRAUSS, JESSALYNN (11 March 2003). "CBS correspondent Joie Chen to speak at UNC March 20". UNC. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Weprin, Alex (24 July 2013). "Al Jazeera America Taps Joie Chen As Anchor Of ‘America Tonight’". Mediabistro. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  7. ^ Richmond, Ray (16 November 1997). "CableAce Awards". Variety. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Joie Chen Moves To Al Jazeera America To Host Nightly News Magazine Show". Deadline. 24 July 2013. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  9. ^ Rose, Lacey (24 July 2013). "Al Jazeera America Taps CNN's Joie Chen To Anchor Nightly News Program". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "Welcome to re/present, Joie Chen!". re/present. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  11. ^ Ariens, Chris (12 March 2008). "Joie Chen Leaves CBS News". Mediabistro. Retrieved 4 September 2013.