Veteran News Executive to Lead Newly Created Washington, D.C., Bureau
CHICAGO, IL and IRVING, TX (January 28, 2021) – WGN America, Nexstar Media Group, Inc.’s wholly-owned cable network currently reaching 75 million U.S. television households, today announced that Mike Viqueira has joined the network as Washington, D.C., Bureau Chief, overseeing the content provided for NewsNation, the country’s only live unbiased national newscast airing in primetime every night.
Mr. Viqueira will oversee the development and daily operations of the network’s newly established bureau and will lead all of its Washington-based newsgathering, reporting to Jennifer Lyons, WGN America’s Vice President of News. Mr. Viqueira joins Nexstar from CBS Evening News, where for the last year he contributed to the Washington launch of CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell as lead Washington writer, focusing on the broadcast’s coverage of politics.
“Mike’s depth of knowledge and long career in our nation’s capital make him the perfect choice to build out and lead our DC Bureau,” said Lyons. “Mike has spent years covering Congress and the White House; that experience and history will help NewsNation continue delivering on its mission of reporting without bias.”
Prior to his tenure at CBS Evening News, Mr. Viqueira spent 15 years with NBC News as a producer, Chief MSNBC Congressional Correspondent, and NBC News White House Correspondent. He also served as Senior Correspondent and Washington Bureau Chief for Al Jazeera America. Mr. Viqueira began his career at NHK Japan Broadcasting, where he produced the network’s US coverage.
“This is an important moment in the history of our nation’s democracy, and I’m beyond thrilled for the opportunity to build our bureau and lead our journalists here at NewsNation DC, as we report on the policies, politics and positions that directly impact people everywhere across the country,” said Mr. Viqueira.
A published author, Mr. Viqueira is also a three-time Emmy Award winner and the recipient of the Joan Barone Award for Outstanding Coverage of Congress. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Politics from The University Maryland, where he is often a guest lecturer and moderator.
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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 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 122 local websites and 316 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 WGN America, a growing national general entertainment cable network and the home of NewsNation, 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 www.nexstar.tv.
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