ABC News is on a talent hiring spree. In addition to two local news anchors from Chicago set to join the network, ABC News president Ben Sherwood has announced he is beefing up his international reporting staff with the hires of Kelly Cobiella, (left) formerly of CBS News and Bazi Kanani, (below) an anchor-reporter at KUSA in Denver.
As we reported last month, Cobiella left CBS News and moved to the U.K. where her husband is from. In a note to staff, Sherwood writes, Cobiella “is no stranger to ABC after many years with our affiliates in Miami and Grand Junction.” She’ll work out of ABC’s London bureau.
After learning the ABC ropes in New York, Kanani will move to Africa to be ABC’s correspondent in Nairobi. Kanani’s father is from Tanzania. Her mother was born in Kansas and raised in Colorado.
According to her KUSA bio, “Bazi” is a traditional tribal name, short for Baz’imana which means “Ask God.”
Sherwood’s note to the staff, which includes details on Ginger Zee who joins as meteorologist for weekend GMA, after the jump…