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Nick Schifrin Moves to ABC News London

ABC News correspondent Nick Schifrin will move to ABC’s London bureau next month from his post covering Afghanistan and Pakistan. Schifrin joined ABC News 10 years ago as a desk editor and worked his way up to become a producer in New York before taking on his first overseas assignment in India.

Schifrin was the first Western journalist to arrive in Abbottabad, Pakistan after the killing of Osama bin Laden last May, getting the first look inside bin Laden’s secret compound and the bedroom where Navy Seals took him out.

Muhammad Lila, who joined ABC News in January, will take over as the correspondent covering Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the surrounding region.

A note from ABC News president Ben Sherwood after the jump…

From: Sherwood, Ben
Sent: Friday, February 24, 2012
To: ABC News ALL
Subject: Nick Schifrin

I am pleased to announce that after years of excellent reporting from Afghanistan and Pakistan, Nick Schifrin will move to our London bureau next month.

As you know, Nick has reported from the South Asia for almost four years. Last year after US forces killed Osama bin Laden, he was the first Western journalist to arrive in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Most memorably, he delivered one of the biggest exclusives of 2011 — a look inside bin Laden’s secret compound and the bedroom where the Al Qaeda leader was killed.

From his first days at ABC News, Nick has distinguished himself as a tireless, brave and committed journalist. In 2002, he joined us as an overnight desk assistant and worked his way up to become a producer in New York. His first overseas assignment was in India.

In 2001, Nick was an undergrad at Columbia University and editor of the school paper. On a September morning he was in a Shakespeare class when word came that planes had hit the World Trade Center. When class met again several days later, the professor gave an emotional speech about the 9/11 attacks, about Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, and about its theme of the desire for revenge. A decade later. Nick wrote “Reading Shakespeare In Kandahar,” a powerful essay published in Foreign Policy about his own journey from that classroom to bin Laden’s lair.

Nick’s adventures now take him to London where he joins a talented group of correspondents. Together, they will tell more great stories and give our viewers a big picture understanding of the most important events around the world.

Please join me in congratulating Nick and wishing him the best on his new assignment.

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