Al Jazeera America Adds Anchor John Seigenthaler

Former NBC News Anchor to Lead Primetime Evening News
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Former NBC News anchor John Seigenthaler is joining AlJazeera America, the network announced on Thursday.

Seigenthaler, who was anchor of the weekend edition of NBC Nightly News for nine years, will anchor the primetime news program to be broadcast from the network’s New York City studio. He spent 11 years at NBC News, appearing on Today, Dateline and Meet the Press and anchored various programs on CNBC and MSNBC, before starting his own public relations firm in 2008.

“With more than 30 years in journalism, John is a veteran reporter who has covered international, national, and local stories that have affected us all,” said David Doss, Al Jazeera America’s senior VP for news programming. “His extensive experience in journalism will be an extraordinarily valuable addition to the Al Jazeera America team and I’m truly looking forward to seeing him behind the anchor’s desk each night.”

Al Jazeera America launches on Aug. 20.