/// Al Jazeera America Finds a Leader in ABC News Vet

July 22, 2013  |  Media Week

With a little less than a month to go before its launch, Al Jazeera America has selected ABC News veteran Kate O’Brian to serve as its president. In her new role, O’Brian will have oversight of all editorial strategy and day-to-day operations at the startup news channel. She will be based at Al Jazeera America’s New York headquarters on East 42nd St. “Al Jazeera America will demonstrate that quality journalism is alive and well in the United States,” O’Brian said, by way of announcing her move. “Working alongside the talented journalists at ABC News has prepared me to take this step and I am deeply grateful for 30 years at that outstanding organization.” While speculation as to who would be tapped to run the startup ran wild this spring, O’Brian’s name did not appear on any media handicapper’s short list. (Much of the early divination amounted to little more than guesswork .)

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