NEW YORK – (July 24, 2013) – Al Jazeera America, the new American news channel that will launch on August 20, today announced that Emmy Award-winning journalist Joie Chen will host America Tonight, the channel’s daily primetime news and current affairs magazine program.
“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,” said Paul Eedle, Al Jazeera America’s deputy launch manager in charge of programs. “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.”
As host of America Tonight, Chen will probe pressing news issues through character-driven stories, groundbreaking investigative pieces and interviews with prominent newsmakers.
“I’m thrilled to create world-class journalism with some of the best in the business,” said Chen, who spent more than a decade at CNN. “America Tonight will bring together the powerful and diverse voices of Al Jazeera America and stand out from other networks with its fearless, unbiased reporting,” she added.
Chen worked at both CNN International and at CNN’s domestic operation where she received an Emmy Award for her work as an anchor covering the bombing at Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Atlanta Games. She won a CableACE best newscaster award as co-anchor of CNN’s The World Today. She also created and anchored the network’s first effort to integrate its online audience with its on-air news program, CNN News Site with Joie Chen. Chen also spent six years as a correspondent and anchor at CBS News in Washington, D.C. where she covered the White House and Capitol Hill, news events in 20 states, and 3 presidential summit meetings. She also reported for the network’s legendary broadcast, CBS Sunday Morning. She won an Emmy Award for her coverage of the three-week sniper siege in the Washington, D.C. area.