NewsNation Expands With Atlanta Bureau, Names Janel Forte New Correspondent

New Bureau, Led by Award-Winning Houston Reporter, Will Help Bring a Wide Range of News and Perspectives to Viewers Across the Country

CHICAGO, IL and IRVING, TX (April 22, 2021) – NewsNation, Nexstar Media Group, Inc.’s cable network reaching 75 million television households across the United States, has announced that it has expanded its nationwide network with a new Atlanta, Georgia bureau. The network also announced that former Houston-based reporter Janel Forte will be joining the bureau as its first correspondent to provide fact-based, unbiased coverage to NewsNation viewers across the country from Atlanta.

“The opening of our Atlanta bureau is a strategic step in supporting our mission of bringing Americans fact-based news that represents a full range of perspectives across the nation,” said Susan Tully, Senior Vice President, Local Content Development for Nexstar Media Inc. “Janel is a talented reporter with experience keeping viewers informed about major events happening across the South, and we’re looking forward to putting her on-the-ground reporting skills to work in our new bureau.”

Ms. Forte comes to NewsNation from KHOU-TV in Houston, Texas, where she covered breaking news in the overnight and morning hours. Ms. Forte was first reporter on air after the shooting at Santa Fe High School in May 2018, and her reporting helped earn the station an Edward R. Murrow Award for its coverage of the tragedy. She has also covered major events such as the 2018 Austin serial bomber, the funerals for both former President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush, and the 2019 fire at the Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC) Deer Park facility.

Prior to her tenure at KHOU-TV, Ms. Forte was the weekend morning anchor and Jackson County bureau chief at WLOX-TV in South Mississippi. While there, she covered Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Nate.

Ms. Forte earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication and Sociology from Cornell University and a Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.

Viewers can find Ms. Forte reporting live on NewsNation weeknights from 6 to 10 p.m. ET (see here for where you can watch or stream) and 24/7 on the NewsNationNow app and at


About NewsNation
NewsNation is a national news and entertainment cable network reaching 75 million television households across the United States. Formerly known as WGN America, the network is owned and operated by Nexstar Media Inc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nexstar Media Group, Inc (Nasdaq: NXST.) NewsNation is America’s source for unbiased news, where engaged citizens get news that represents the full range of perspectives across the country. It is the home of the country’s only live prime-time national newscast, NEWSNATION PRIME WITH MARNI HUGHES, ROB NELSON, AND ALBERT RAMON, as well as BANFIELD and THE DONLON REPORT. The network draws on the local market, regional and national expertise of Nexstar’s 5,500 local journalists in 110 local newsrooms across the country. NewsNation is available across a variety of cable and satellite providers, streaming platforms, online and on the NewsNationNow app.

About Nexstar Media Group, Inc.
Nexstar Media Group (NASDAQ: NXST) is a leading diversified media company that leverages localism to bring new services and value to consumers and advertisers through its traditional media, digital and mobile media platforms. Its wholly owned operating subsidiary, Nexstar Media Inc., consists of three divisions: Broadcasting, Digital, and Networks. The Broadcasting Division operates, programs, or provides sales and other services to 198 television stations and related digital multicast signals reaching 116 markets or approximately 39% of all U.S. television households (reflecting the FCC’s UHF discount). The division’s portfolio includes primary affiliates of NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, MyNetworkTV and The CW. The Digital Division operates 120 local websites and 284 mobile apps offering hyper-local content and verticals for consumers and advertisers, allowing audiences to choose where, when and how they access content and creating new revenue opportunities for the company. The Networks Division operates NewsNation, formerly WGN America, a national news and entertainment cable network reaching 75 million television homes, multicast network Antenna TV, and WGN Radio in Chicago. Nexstar also owns a 31.3% ownership stake in TV Food Network, a top tier cable asset. For more information, please visit

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