NBC News Debuts New Investigative Unit Focused on Politics and National Security

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The network poached several well-known reporters from other outlets.

At a time when major news networks are breaking stories left and right on the Trump administration, NBC News has debuted a new investigative reporting team that will specialize in politics and national security.

NBC News president Noah Oppenheim, in a Thursday afternoon memo announcing the team's roster, said that "original, enterprise reporting has never been more important." He pointed to an exclusive story published by the team Wednesday evening in which NBC News reported that the president "has become increasingly frustrated with his advisers tasked with crafting a new U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and recently suggested firing the war's top military commander."

The new investigative reporting team, which supplements the network's existing investigative team, includes five new hires — national political reporters Carol Lee (from The Wall Street Journal), Mike Memoli (from The Los Angeles Times), and Vivian Salama (from the Associated Press);  financial investigative reporter Keri Geiger (from Bloomberg News); and national security reporter Julia Ainsley (from Reuters) — as well as two staff journalists.