ABC News President James Goldston made the announcement today that the news division has hired BBC correspondent James Longman.
Longman will be working as a foreign correspondent based in the ABC News London bureau starting Monday.
“Fluent in Arabic, French and English, James has spent the last five years at the BBC, where he served as a correspondent based in Beirut, during a period of extraordinary tumult,” Goldston said in a memo to staff. “James has a deep understanding of the Middle East conflict and the complex politics and issues in the region.”
The memo notes that Longman has interviewed families torn apart by war, former ISIS members and jihadists tied to the UK and Europe.
“His interest in the Middle East was fostered at an early age,” Goldston adds. “His mother is of Lebanese descent, and he was raised in London and Cairo. He studied for a year in Damascus, and for his Master’s Degree did a thesis on Syrian politics and the early stages of the uprising.”
James Longman (ABC News)