Al Jazeera America has hired former NBC correspondent Michael Viqueira as its new White House correspondent, the network announced this afternoon. Mr. Viqueira most recently reported from the White House for NBC’s Today, Nightly News, NBC Radio, MSNBC and MSNBC.com.
“This is a great opportunity, both because of Al Jazeera America’s commitment to the kind of straight-forward, hard-nosed journalism that all good reporters value, and because it’s tremendously exciting to be building something that will fill today’s critical need for real, unfiltered and fact-based news,” Mr. Viqueira said in an announcement.
Mr. Viqueira came to NBC News from the Washington bureau of Japanese broadcaster NHK in 1998, where he was a producer on Capitol Hill, and he later became MSNBC’s chief congressional correspondent, covering politics and legislation on Capitol Hill and occasionally contributing to general assignment stories.
“Michael Viqueira is a seasoned national correspondent with deep experience covering Washington politics,” Ehab Al Shihabi, the senior executive in charge of developing Al Jazeera America, said in an announcement. “Every political activity in the Capitol has an impact on the average American, and his knowledge and extensive network of contacts will allow him to dig deeper to bring important news and information to light for the American public.”
Al Jazeera America, which bought Current TV from Al Gore at the beginning of the year, is set to launch sometime in 2013. Shortly after the Qatari-owned company announced plans to build an American network, it listed over 300 job openings.
Guess Mr. Viqueira got one of them.