Al Jazeera announced its first four anchors — Jonathan Betz, Richelle Carey, Morgan Fogarty and Del Walters — on Thursday.
The announcement comes as the network finalizes its line-up ahead of its launch on August 20. “This talented and trusted group of on-air talent is a further indication of the quality and depth of journalism experience that Al Jazeera America is attracting,” Bob Wheelock, senior executive producer for news and special projects, said in a statement.
Betz comes to Al Jazeera from WFAA-TV Channel 8 in Dallas, where he served as a field reporter and fill-in anchor for the past four years. Carey was an anchor and correspondent for CNN for the last seven years. Fogarty anchored WCCB News' nightly broadcast in Charlotte, NC, while Del Walters spent ten years as an anchor and senior investigative reporter for WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C.
Al Jazeera America has hired hundreds of staffers and announced major programming decisions in recent weeks. In addition to the four anchors announced Thursday, it also hired Ali Velshi away from CNN and signed a production deal with Soledad O'Brien, who will be a special correspondent and develop documentaries for the network.
There will be more news from the channel coming in the next few weeks, as it continues to gear up for the debut. The network, which replaces Current TV, has also yet to name a chief.