07/01/2013 09:08 am ET Updated Aug 31, 2013

Soledad O'Brien Becomes Al Jazeera America Correspondent


Soledad O'Brien has landed at Al Jazeera America, the broadcaster confirmed Monday morning.

O'Brien, who was formerly an anchor at CNN, will become a special correspondent for the new network's flagship primetime show, "America Tonight," and will also produce documentary specials. She is perhaps the highest-profile name to join AJA, which has been on a hiring spree in preparation for its launch in the late summer or early fall.

It's a move that makes sense for O'Brien, who ended her day-to-day job at CNN amidst that network's rebranding. Al Jazeera has promised a less celebrity and politics-focused network, something that jibes with O'Brien's high-brow approach to TV journalism. She has also inked a deal to appear on HBO's "Real Sports," and will continue to produce documentaries for CNN.

In a statement, O'Brien said she looked forward to "beginning a relationship with Al Jazeera America, which has made a commitment to producing quality programming and pursuing underreported stories."



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