NewsHour announces new science unit under former CNNer Miles O’Brien

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PBS NewsHour isn’t resting on its recent Emmy laurels. It’s hired former CNN reporter Miles O’Brien to head a new science unit, reports the Associated Press. He’ll be joined by producer Kate Tobin, also from CNN, and reporter Jenny Marder, reassigned from the NewsHour’s national affairs unit. O’Brien left CNN in 2008 when the network disbanded its science and technology unit. NewsHour’s science unit is being funded through a $350,000 grant from two foundations and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. More here.