"It is important for Al-Jazeera America to report on the news from where it's happening," said Ehab Al Shihabi, executive director of international operations for Al-Jazeera and the senior executive in charge of developing the new channel. "Chicago is a critically important city from a financial, political and social perspective. We could not create a channel that fully covers U.S. news and events without having a significant bureau in the Windy City."
"We want our reporters to be where the stories are and Detroit continues to be where American business stories and trends are happening," Ehab Al Shihabi, executive director of international operations for Al Jazeera, said in a press release. "Al Jazeera America knows that you have to have on-the-ground reporting from the Motor City to really cover America's economic, financial and socially important news and we're excited about being here."