Al Jazeera America nets Michael Viqueira

Rebecca Hawkes | 06-06-2013

The Emmy Award-winning NBC journalist Michael Viqueira has been appointed White House correspondent for Al Jazeera America, the New York-based network which is set to launch later this year.

"Michael Viqueira is a seasoned national correspondent with deep experience covering Washington politics," said Ehab Al Shihabi, executive director of international operations for Al Jazeera and the senior executive in charge of developing Al Jazeera America. "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."
Viqueira, who most recently reported for NBC's Today, Nightly News, NBC Radio, MSNBC and, will be based out of Al Jazeera's Washington DC bureau.
Before joining NBC News in 1998 as a producer on Capitol Hill, Viqueira was a news producer and on-air reporter in the Washington bureau of NHK, Japan's largest broadcaster.
"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," said Viqueira.
The reporter won two Emmy Awards for his coverage of the financial crisis and the 2008 elections, and has been awarded the Joan Barone Award for Excellence in Journalism. In 2005 he also served as chairman of the Radio and Television Correspondents' Association.