John Seigenthaler (anchorman)

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John Michael Seigenthaler (/ˈsɡənθɔːlər/; born December 21, 1955) is an American news anchor for Al Jazeera America. He formerly was an anchor and correspondent who worked for both NBC and MSNBC. He is the son of the newspaper journalist John Lawrence Seigenthaler. He is best known for his eight-year tenure as weekend anchor of NBC Nightly News. As of July 2008, Seigenthaler joined his family company Seigenthaler Public Relations, but will continue to be based in New York.[1] On July 8, 2013 it was announced he had joined Al Jazeera America as its evening news anchor.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Seigenthaler is a graduate of Father Ryan High School and Duke University, where he received a bachelor of science degree in public policy in 1978.

Seigenthaler began his television news career in 1980 as a writer and producer at WNGE-TV (now WKRN-TV) in Nashville, Tennessee. From 1981-90, he reported and produced for WSMV-TV, Nashville and also hosted a weekday public affairs show. From there he moved to KOMO-TV in Seattle, where he anchored the weekend evening news.

In January 1992, he married KOMO weeknight anchor Kerry Brock, who later joined him at the Weekend Anchor Desk at KOMO. Then he moved back to Nashville where WKRN-TV, where he co-anchored the evening news for WKRN-TV.

Seigenthaler served as the anchor for the weekend edition of NBC Nightly News for more than seven years of his 11-year tenure with NBC News. Seigenthaler announced during his April 1, 2007 newscast that it was his final broadcast as anchor of the weekend edition of NBC Nightly News.[3] He also hosted the television shows "Lockup" and "MSNBC Investigates" on MSNBC.[4] NBC News President Steve Capus said Seigenthaler's contract was not renewed because the network could no longer afford the luxury of having an anchor whose primary duty was anchoring the weekend evening news programs. It was announced in October 2006 that job cuts and consolidation of operations would slice some $750 million from parent NBC Universal's budget by 2008.

After NBC, he worked for the Associated Press until joining Seigenthaler Public Relations in July 2008.

Seigenthaler lives in Weston, Connecticut[5] with his wife and son.

Journalism awards[edit]



  1. ^ Yahoo Business Press Release (July 17, 2008)
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  3. ^ Associated Press (April 2, 2007). John Seigenthaler Leaves NBC Anchor Spot.
  4. ^ "Seigenthaler Public Relations: Staff - Bio". Retrieved July 22, 2012. 
  5. ^ "People & Places" column, Business section, The Advocate of Stamford, Connecticut, July 22, 2008, p A7 (both Stamford and Norwalk editions; Greenwich Time newspaper publishes the same business section: "John Seigenthaler of Weston has joined Seigenthaler Public Relations Inc. [...]"