Al Jazeera America hires its second Philly face

Al Jazeera America has a jones for Philly-based journalists.

Sarah Hoye, a multimedia journalist who formerly worked as a Philly-based CNN correspondent, was recently named the newest correspondent on Al Jazeera's "America Tonight," the station's flagship news magazine program. Hoye and new hire Michael Okwu join the four previously announced "America Tonight" correspondents, including Sheila MacVicar, Adam May, Lori Jane Gilha and Christof Putzel, and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien. Joie Chen will host the show.

Sarah Hoye

“It’s always been my goal to report on the stories Americans want to hear,” Hoye said in statement. “Joining Al Jazeera America is a great opportunity for me to lend a voice to those who need it most.”

(I sent Hoye a message for further comment and will update you when I hear from her.)

Last year, Hoye was named Online Journalist of the Year by the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists' (PABJ) and presented with the Carol Jenkins Emerging Journalist Award by the Women's Media Center, among other honors. Among Hoye's accomplishments in Philly include the Kermit Gosnell trial and violent teen flash mobs. She was also part of CNN's 2011 Peabody Award-winning coverage of the Gulf Oil Spill. 

Hoye joins Bryn Mawr-based Ali Velshi, who was one of the station's first hires. Velshi will host "Real Money with Ali Velishi," a 30-minute magazine-style program that will focus on how the economy affects Americans.

Al Jazeera America is a new 24 hours news station set to launch on August 20. It will be headquartered in New York City with bureaus in 12 cities across the United States.