Joie Chen to Host Al Jazeera America’s Primetime Program

Former CNN, CBS News Anchor Will Helm ‘America Tonight’

TV-news veteran Joie Chen has been named host of Al Jazeera America’s daily primetime news and current affairs magazine program, America Tonight.

Chen spent more than a decade at CNN from 1991-2001, working as an anchor at CNN International and the domestic channel on such programs as The World Today and CNN News Site With Joie Chen. She worked as a Washington, D.C.-based correspondent and anchor at CBS News from 2002-08, covering the White House and Capitol Hill.

 “Joie is a strong journalist with a natural, warm presence on screen, and we’re excited to see her at the heart of our primetime schedule,” Paul Eedle, Al Jazeera America’s deputy launch manager in charge of programs, said. “Joie will be a leading member of a wonderful array of anchor and reporter talent at Al Jazeera America, reflecting the full diversity of this country today.”

The network also said Wednesday that reporter/author Trevor Aaronson has joined its 16-member Washington-based investigative unit.

Al Jazeera America is set to launch Aug. 20.