James Blue Joining PBS NewsHour as Senior Content and Special Projects Producer

Award-winning journalist, James Blue, will join PBS NewsHour as senior content and special projects producer.

jamesblueAward-winning journalist, James Blue, will join the PBS NewsHour as senior content and special projects producer. Starting next week, he will report to Sara Just, who was named executive producer for the PBS NewsHour in July.

Blue, who previously served as the Washington bureau chief of the UK-based news channel ARISE, has worked at NBC, ABC, and Discovery and has won every major broadcast journalism award.

“I’m thrilled to have James joining the NewsHour team,” said Just in a press release. “As we grow and revitalize the NewsHour, James’ creative energy and depth of experience will help us further expand the reach and impact of our journalism, both on air and online.”

Blue will “liaise” with the broadcast and online production teams, coordinating upcoming tape packages and reports from the field as well as special projects.

“Joining NewsHour as it draws larger audiences both online and on broadcast is exciting,” said Blue. “I look forward to working with the entire team to produce the daily journalism and news specials that will continue to make NewsHour distinctive.”

Prior to his time at ARISE, he was executive producer of BET’s 2012 presidential coverage — earning him and his team a USC Annenberg School’s 2013 Walter Cronkite Award for excellence in political television journalism.