Continuing to ramp up for its late summer launch,
The new network expects to have a staff of 800 at launch and will have a dozen bureaus including Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, Nashville and New Orleans.
The new hires are: Jonathan Betz, Richelle Carey, Morgan Fogarty and Del Walters. While a reporter for WWL-TV Channel 4 in New Orleans, Betz spearheaded the station's coverage of
Carey hails from Atlanta and worked for seven years as a reporter and anchor for
Media watchers speculate that Al Jazeera America's biggest hurdle in the United States will be overcoming a perception held by some that the government of Qatar-funded news organization is anti-American.
Al Jazeera America has made a number of major hires of late. They include signing former CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien as a special correspondent, and signing investigative journalist and former