PBS NewsHour Names Award Winning Correspondent John Yang to Staff

PBSNewsHour_JohnYangFor Immediate Release:

Washington, DC (February 24, 2016) — PBS NewsHour with Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff today announced the hire of John Yang as general assignment correspondent for the nightly news broadcast. Yang most recently served as a Chicago-based correspondent for NBC News, reporting for “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt,” “Today,” and MSNBC. Yang was part of an NBC team that reported on “In Plain Sight: Poverty in America,” a 2013 George Foster Peabody Award recipient, and his reporting in April 2011 on tornado devastation in Alabama was included in an “NBC Nightly News” broadcast that received an Edward R. Murrow Award for “Best Newscast.” He joins NewsHour on Monday, February 29.

Throughout his time at NBC News, Yang was a regular contributor to NBCNews.com, including during the 2012 presidential campaign, and for coverage including the sex abuse trial of Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky, the escape and manhunt of convicted killers Richard Matt and David Sweat, and the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214. Prior to joining NBC, Yang worked for ABC News, based in Washington and Jerusalem, where he served as weekend White House correspondent and Middle East correspondent, respectively. Yang’s career also includes time at The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, TIME, and The Boston Globe.

“John has a keen eye for a great story and a deep appreciation for the issues and trends that impact our country and our world,” said PBS NewsHour executive producer and WETA SVP Sara Just. “His experience, insights and skills will be a tremendous asset to the NewsHour at a time that we are growing and expanding. We’re thrilled to have him on board.”

Yang added, “I couldn’t be more excited to join Gwen, Judy and the entire talented NewsHour team. I’m inspired by NewsHour’s decades-old tradition of high-caliber journalism, telling the most important stories. I’m both humbled and eager to have the opportunity to contribute to that legacy.”

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