Al Jazeera America is continuing its quick expansion onto the American media landscape, announcing Thursday that it’s opening a new bureau in Detroit, ahead of the channel’s official launch later this year.
“We want our reporters to be where the stories are and Detroit continues to be where American business stories and trends are happening,” Ehab Al Shihabi, Al Jazeera executive director of international operations, said in a statement Thursday. “Al Jazeera America knows that you have to have on-the-ground reporting from the Motor City to really cover America’s economic, financial and socially important news and we’re excited about being here.”
News of the Detroit bureau comes after the Qatar-owned news network announced earlier this week that it was also opening a Chicago bureau.
Al Jazeera America will be headquartered in New York City with additional offices throughout the U.S. According to Politico, 12 bureaus are planned: New York, Washington, Miami, Nashville, Chicago, New Orleans, Detroit, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.
Al Jazeera purchased Al Gore’s low-rated Current TV earlier this year.