Al Jazeera English opens new bureau in Chicago

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The bureau — which opens next month — is Al Jazeera English’s fifth in the U.S. It will be staffed by John Hendren, formerly with ABC News in Washington, D.C., who starts today. The network says it’s ramping up its U.S. coverage for the 2012 elections.

The news release:

Al Jazeera English Announces New Chicago Correspondent

International channel adds to U.S. Bureaus and programming

CHICAGO, IL – Al Jazeera English is proud to announce today the opening of a new Chicago bureau and the addition of AJE correspondent, John Hendren. AJE programming became available for the first time across Chicago in October on WTTW, the most-watched public television station in America.

This bureau adds to Al Jazeera English’s American bureaus in Washington, DC, New York, Miami and Los Angeles. John joins the more than 150 Al Jazeera English staff based in the U.S., and will be part of Al Jazeera’s expanded coverage from the U.S. heading into the election year.

John Hendren starts with Al Jazeera on December 5th as correspondent for the channel’s new bureau in Chicago. John has been at ABC as its White House correspondent since 2006, and previously worked with NPR and the LA Times. Hendren has received awards for investigative and breaking news reporting, including the Alfred I DuPont-Columbia University Award for coverage of the war in Iraq in 2007, and the Overseas Press Club’s 2002 Award for the Los Angeles Times’series on the conflict in Afghanistan, “The Untold War”.

“Chicago is often the bridge between the homeland states and Eastern seaboard and its addition in AJE programming will give our global English viewers a far deeper picture of movements and sentiments in the U.S.,” said John Hendren. “I’m proud to continue my in-depth investigative reporting at a news channel that has set the bar for going where few other networks have.”

Al Jazeera English also announced two other additions to its team in the Americas: Alan Fisher in Washington, DC and Andy Gallacher in Miami.

Amjad Atallah, Bureau Chief for the Americas at Al Jazeera English, praised the work of all three correspondents, saying: “I am pleased to have these three acclaimed journalists join us at Al Jazeera English in the U.S. They have done exemplary work in the past and we know they will help lead Al Jazeera English into a new era of coverage from the Americas. Our coverage of U.S. issues, both domestic and international including Occupy Wall Street, the immigration debate, and America’s military and economic interactions with the world has always been important to us, and we will only deepen the extent of our coverage with the help of our new bureaus.”

As part of its commitment to enhancing coverage of the U.S. ahead of the elections, Al Jazeera English’s Americas bureau begin airing the discussion show Inside Story out of Washington D.C. Starting on December, 12, the show will air every weekday at 6:30am and 7:30pm EST. The show gives a platform for guests of different perspectives to analyze and dissect the day’s top news stories. Several episodes a week will be dedicated to covering the 2012 elections, while other episodes will follow significant stories from throughout North and South America.

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  • http://twitter.com/sleeplessinva sleeplessinva

    It’s a bit of an irony that Americans would get better informed reporting through Al Jazeera, a news organizationi that is not based here in the U.S.  On top of which, the news it gathers is through Americans, or locals, but in reality they are technically considered as “Foreign Correspondents”.

    Wrapping my head around that idea is like having a journalistic inception… too many things wrapped within another, within another, only to find it isn’t really wrapped at all…

    On a more serious note, I am glad they will have a new bureau.  It’s about time we get some real news reporting.

  • Anonymous

    Great news. Al Jazeera is a real leader in upfront, honest reporting. I’ve been following their website since before there was an English version and was thrilled when the English version went up. Welcome to the U.S.  Al Jazeera!