NewsNation announces studio expansions, new hires

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Nexstar’s NewsNation has announced additional expansions at its production facilities and a string of new hires.

The network is currently building out new studios in Washington, D.C. and New York City that will feature LED video panels, multiple control rooms and space for 200 editorial and production staffers.

The New York City facility is expected to support the production of Chris Cuomo’s upcoming new show for the network, which will be based there, in addition to other programming and live reports. Cuomo’s show does not have a name or timeslot yet.

In Washington, a new studio is scheduled to come online in the coming months and will serve as a home base for senior political contributor George Will and the Network’s political editor and elections analyst Chris Stirewalt as well as other reports from the nation’s capital.

NewsNation will continue to call the WGN building in Chicago its primary home, a space that includes two studios dedicated to its use, control rooms and a newsroom upstairs from the one WGN uses to produce its local newscasts.

The network has also hired Jake Novak, an experience financial news producer, analyst and columnist. He will be based in New York. NewsNation did not indicate was his assignment would be or how his background in financial news might be leveraged by the network.

In addition, the network hired Ali Bradley in July 2022 as its southwest correspondent, based in Phoenix.

Bradley previously worked in local news at a variety of stations and has been working independently since 2021. Since striking out on her own, she has been focused on immigration issues in the southwest, including the so-called “migrant caravan.”

Hayley Turner has also been named senior producer for “On Balance with Leland Vittert,” based in Washington. “On Balance” is typically produced from Chicago, though it often examines political news of the day so having leadership on the ground in D.C. could benefit the show.

Turner has been working for NBC News Now’s “Hallie Jackson Now” streaming newscast. Before that she worked in multiple roles at Fox’s right-leaning commentary channel.