Emmy Award-winning journalist and anchor Antonio Mora has joined Al Jazeera America as host of “Consider This,” a current affairs talk show. The program will air weeknights at 10 pm, starting August 20, when the network is scheduled to launch. He’ll be moving to New York City, where his show will be based. He’ll be commuting to Miami on weekends, where his family will remain.
“I’m really excited,” Antonio tells me. “I was testing the waters to see what was out there. There were a number of possibilities, but this became the best and most interesting of them all – an interview show on a national basis.”
Antonio has been off the air since December of 2012, when he left WFOR, channel 4, the CBS O&O in Miami, where he had been an anchor for 4 years. He says he had been considering several options, including a local news anchor gig, but that the Al Jazeera America offer was the most appealing.
Prior to his anchor job at CBS 4 in Miami, Antonio spent 6 years at WBBM in Chicago. From 1994 to 2002, Antonio was a news anchor, senior correspondent and regular substitute host for “Good Morning America.” He also anchored breaking news coverage for ABC News, served as a correspondent for “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings” and was a regular substitute anchor for the weekend edition of “World News Tonight.” He was the daily backup anchor for Peter Jennings in the weeks following the September 11 attacks. He also reported for “Nightline” and “20/20.”
A Harvard Law grad, he began his TV career as a sports anchor and reporter for Univision 41, later joining Telemundo 47 in New York as an anchor and producer. Before launching his broadcast carreer, he was a corporate finance attorney.
Al Jazeera America has made several high-profile hires this past week. ABC news vet Kate O’Brian was named President of the network on Monday. Marc Gatto, formerly of Discovery, Turner and CNN was named EVP for Broadcast Operations and Technology on Tuesday. A day later, it was announced former CNN and CBS correspondent Joie Chen was tapped to host “America Tonight,” the channel’s daily prime time news and current affairs magazine program.
Earlier this month, Soledad O’Brien signed a deal with Al Jazeera America and in late June, Julio Varela joined Al Jazeera English as a Digital Producer for “The Stream,” which will air on Al Jazeera America after its launch.