joe fryer nbc newsJoe 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. Read more