ABC and NBC News veteran Bob Wheelock has been named senior executive producer of Al Jazeera America, the new U.S. news channel airing this year. He was previously Al Jazeera English's executive producer of newsgathering for the Americas.
Wheelock served as a senior broadcast producer for ABC News' special events unit and was the Washington, D.C.-based senior producer for "Weekend News," "This Week With David Brinkley" and "Good Morning America." He also worked at NBC News as both a senior producer for the "Today Show" and as London bureau chief.
Wheelock has won four Emmy Awards, an Alfred I. duPont Award and two Peabody Awards. He has covered stories including the 9/11 attacks, President Obama's election, Pope John Paul II's funeral, President Ronald Reagan's funeral and the Iraq War.
"Bob Wheelock has been an invaluable member of the Al Jazeera English news team and a critical member of the Al Jazeera America launch team," said Ehab Al Shihabi, executive director of Al Jazeera's international operations and the senior executive developing the new channel. "We know from Bob's work at AJ English that he is absolutely committed to fact-based, in-depth journalism and that's exactly what Al Jazeera America will be providing every day to its viewers."
Added Wheelock: "It has been an exciting opportunity to help launch Al Jazeera America and to help select the team that will be in front of and behind the camera when the new channel launches. I'm truly looking forward to bringing Al Jazeera's unbiased, in-depth journalism to Al Jazeera America's audience."