Reena Ninan Named ABC News’ ‘World News Now’ Co-Anchor

“Reena is an accomplished and versatile journalist who has reported around the world and across the U.S.,” network president James Goldston says

Reena Ninan has been named ABC News “World News Now” co-anchor, the network announced Wednesday.

Ninan joins T.J. Holmes as the overnight morning show’s co-anchor; she’ll also be co-anchoring “America This Morning.”

“Reena is an accomplished and versatile journalist who has reported around the world and across the U.S.,” network president James Goldston said in a statement.

Ninan will also report across the network and on on its digital platforms. It’s been a good week for ABC: on Tuesday, it was revealed the network’s evening newscast, “World News Tonight” with David Muir, broke NBC “Nightly News'” five-year total viewers winning streak.

Goldston’s full memo below.

I’m pleased to announce that Reena Ninan has been named America This Morning and World News Now co-anchor, joining T.J. Holmes.

Reena has done a terrific job filling in on the overnight broadcasts, delivering the programs’ signature mix of breaking news, lively conversation, and quirky, fun reports to our very loyal audience. In addition to her anchor duties, she will also report across all our broadcasts and digital platforms.

Reena is an accomplished and versatile journalist who has reported around the world and across the U.S. She began her career at ABC News in the DC Bureau in 2012. Since then, she has traveled with the President to Asia and with Secretary Clinton to the Middle East. She reported on the aftermath of the Moore, OK tornado and the final weeks of Nelson Mandela‘s life. And, just last week, she covered Al Shabaab’s devastating attack on Kenya’s Garissa University.

When she’s not working, Reena is an ambitious amateur chef and is currently trying to perfect her mother’s trademark fish curry. She speaks fluent Malayalam (the dialect from her family’s home state in Kerala in India) and studied Arabic and Hebrew. In her off-hours, she loves spending time with her four-year-old son, Jack; her two-and-a half-year-old daughter, Kate; and her husband, Kevin, who is a writer currently working on a book about China.

A skilled journalist with a wide range of experience, I’m delighted she’s joining our tireless teams at America This Morning and World News Now.

Please join me in congratulating Reena on her new role.

James