Former CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien has joined Al Jazeera America as a special correspondent.
The network has signed a deal with O'Brien's production company, Starfish Media Group, to produce hour-long documentary specials. O'Brien, who also inked a deal with HBO in June to join the network's sports newsmag Real Sports, will contribute to short-form segments on its America Tonight current affairs program when the network launches in August.
"O'Brien's career producing and reporting on the human side of many of the most important stories of the past decade will fit in perfectly with what Al Jazeera America will be covering every day," said Ehab Al Shihabi, executive director of Al Jazeera's international operations and the senior executive developing the new channel. "Her dedication to that type of journalism is what makes it so exciting to announce that she and her production company are joining the Al Jazeera America team."
O'Brien reunites with Kim Bondy, another CNN alum who now serves as the senior executive producer on America Tonight.
"I look forward to beginning a relationship with Al Jazeera America, which has made a commitment to producing quality programming and pursuing underreported stories," O'Brien said. "I am thrilled to be back in business with Kim Bondy, who is a long-time friend and among the finest journalists in the broadcast news business today. With this agreement, Starfish continues its expansion as a cross-platform media company dedicated to compelling storytelling and enterprise journalism."