- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Former NBC contributor Michael Viqueira will be joining Al Jazeera America as its first White House correspondent, the network announced today.Mr. Viqueira joins the expanding network from NBC News, where he was a producer and correspondent covering Capitol Hill and Beltway politics.

Michael Viqueira is a seasoned national correspondent with deep experience covering Washington politics,” Ehab Al Shihabi, executive director of international operations for Al Jazeera, said in a statement. “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 most recently reported from the White House for NBC’s “Today,” “Nightly News,” NBC Radio, MSNBC and MSNBC.com, the press release reads.

“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,” Viqueira said in a statement.

Al Jazeera America will be launched in the United States by the Qatar-based television network Al Jazeera in 2013. It will be headquartered in New York City with additional bureaus in key locations across the United States.