Just over three weeks before its debut, Al Jazeera America today announced that it is going to have an on-the-ground presence in 12 US cities. Along with a bureau in NYC, where the news network will be based, AJAM will have correspondents in Dallas, Denver, LA, Nashville, Miami, Seattle, San Francisco, New Orleans, Detroit, Chicago and Washington D.C. “It is critical for Al Jazeera America to have bureaus strategically placed throughout the U.S. so that we can cover the news from wherever it happens,” said Al Jazeera America’s SVP of Newsgathering Marcy McGinnis in a statement today. Among the hires, former NBC News national correspondent Jennifer London will be AJAM’s reporter in LA and former C-SPAN Washington Journal host Libby Casey will hold down the fort in the nation’s capitol. Last week AJAM said that former CNNer Joie Chen would be added to its growing on-air staff to anchor its America Tonight primetime show. Former Good Morning America correspondent and sub host Antonio Mora was also recently announced as joining AJAM to helm the primetime Consider This talk show. Al Jazeera America is set to premiere on August 20.