Award Winning Journalist James Blue to Join PBS NewsHour as Senior Content and Special Projects Producer

Washington, DC (February 12, 2015) — James Blue, an award winning journalist who most recently served as the Washington bureau chief of the UK-based news channel ARISE, will join the PBS NewsHour as senior content and special projects producer. In this role, he will liaise with the broadcast and online production teams, coordinating upcoming tape packages and reports from the field as well as special projects. Blue will report to executive producer Sara Just, who joined the PBS NewsHour in September 2014.

“I’m thrilled to have James joining the NewsHour team,” said Just. “As we grow and revitalize the NewsHour, James’ creative energy and depth of experience will help us further expand the reach and impact of our journalism, both on air and online.”

“Joining NewsHour as it draws larger audiences both online and on broadcast is exciting,” added Blue. “I look forward to working with the entire team to produce the daily journalism and news specials that will continue to make NewsHour distinctive.”

Prior to joining ARISE, Blue served as executive producer of BET’s 2012 presidential coverage, which earned his team an USC Annenberg School’s 2013 Walter Cronkite Award for excellence in political television journalism. In addition to founding his own media production firm, Public Affairs Media Group, Blue spent nearly two decades producing for Discovery, NBC News and ABC News, including extensive coverage overseas and throughout the Middle East, with datelines from Yemen, Iran, Iraq, and Syria.

Blue is the recipient of every major broadcast journalism award, including eight national Emmy Awards, two Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Awards, two George Foster Peabody Awards, two Overseas Press Club Awards, and an NABJ Award for Overall Excellence. He currently serves on the board of trustees of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), the Baltimore School for the Arts and the Princeton University Alumni Council. He is a member of the Overseas Press Club, the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.

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