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Al Jazeera America bolsters digital team

News network Al Jazeera America has hired two senior online executive producers, Andrea Stone and Tony Karon, to lead its digital news team.
April 19, 2013

News network Al Jazeera America has hired two senior online executive producers, Andrea Stone and Tony Karon, to lead its digital news team in the United States.

The pair will manage American and international coverage for the channel’s website and other digital plaforms and determine its overall editorial direction.

Stone was previously a senior national correspondent for The Huffington Post, the Washington bureau chief for AOL News and a reporter for USA Today. Karon spent 12 years as the senior editor for TIME Magazine‘s website where he directed coverage of breaking and ongoing news. Before that he was deputy editor for Fox News online.

“Having spent most of my career covering domestic and international news for a major U.S. daily newspaper, I was drawn to Al Jazeera’s commitment to quality and the good old-fashioned journalism that tells both sides of the story,” Stone said in a statement.

The news channel recently took over U.S. cable net Current TV and will re-launch as Al Jazeera America later this year. According to the company, it had decided to create an American network in part because around 40% of all online viewing of Al Jazeera English currently comes from the U.S.

The channel will cover both domestic and international news in the United States. It will be headquartered in New York City and have bureaus throughout the country.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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