NBC News has established a full-time beat on the environment and named chief financial correspondent Anne Thompson to lead the coverage.
As chief environmental affairs correspondent, Thompson will cover a beat that has become red hot in recent years with the Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth becoming a hit at the box office and more attention being paid to the environment. She will report for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Today, MSNBC ,and online platforms.
"One of the things that we're increasingly talking about is what is our impact on Planet Earth, how can we reduce any kind of negative impact we have," Thompson said. "It's everything from what kind of light bulbs you buy to bigger issues."
Thompson had been NBC's chief financial correspondent since March 2005; she worked as a national correspondent and political correspondent since she joined NBC News in 1997. She also was diagnosed in March 2006 with breast cancer and had been working while undergoing treatment. She has been declared cancer-free. She said that the experience has, among other things, given her the opportunity to think about what she wants to do next in life.
NBC News isn't alone in its coverage of the environment. ABC News has two correspondents covering the topic, including Bill Blakemore, who covers the environment and global warming, and Ned Potter, who covers science. Sam Champion, Good Morning America weather anchor, is also ABC News' weather editor. CBS doesn't have a dedicated environmental correspondent, with the coverage split among several staff members and science/technology correspondent Daniel Sieberg. And CNN just named American Morning coanchor Miles O'Brien as the network's chief environmental/technology correspondent.