Joe Fryer Named NBC News Correspondent

By Merrill Knox 

Joe Fryer is joining NBC News as a West Coast correspondent, SVP of worldwide newsgathering David Verdi and Los Angeles bureau chief Polly Powell announced today.

Fryer, a special projects reporter for Seattle NBC affiliate KING, has been filling in as a part-time NBC News correspondent, covering the Hannah Anderson kidnapping and the Colorado floods for the network. “His work impressed us so much, we hired him full time,” Verdi and Powell wrote in a memo to NBC News today.

Fryer will officially join NBC News on October 21. Before joining KING, he worked at stations in Minneapolis, Nashville, Green Bay and Lexington.

The note from Verdi and Powell is after the jump.

We are pleased to announce that Joe Fryer will be joining NBC News on October 21 as a general assignment correspondent based in our Burbank bureau.  Joe joins us from KING, our affiliate in Seattle, where he has worked as a special projects reporter since 2010.

Many of you know Joe from the recent reporting he did for NBC News, covering the Hannah Anderson kidnapping, the Colorado floods and the controversy surrounding San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.

His work impressed us so much, we hired him full time.

At KING, Joe focused on in-depth reports and daily assignments for the station, also specializing in transportation coverage.  The Amanda Knox verdict, the historic vote approving same-sex marriage and the Skagit River Bridge collapse are just a few of the recent stories he’s covered there. Prior to KING, Joe spent six years at KARE-TV, the NBC affiliate in Minneapolis and also worked at WTVF-TV in Nashville, WBAY-TV in Green Bay and WKYT-TV in Lexington.

His local reporting has earned him some of the industry’s most prestigious honors, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards, including the Writing Murrow in 2006, two National Headliner Awards and the SPJ’s Sigma Delta Chi Award.

Please join us in welcoming Joe to NBC News.

David Verdi & Polly Powell