abc-news110915165209ABC News president Ben Sherwood made it official this morning, announcing Mara Schiavocampo has joined ABC News as a New York-based correspondent. Schiavocampo, who’d been with NBC since 2007, becoming Early Today anchor in ’10 and also anchoring MSNBC’s First Look, left that network in December. At ABC News she will be a New York-based correspondent reporting on all platforms.

One day earlier, George Stephanopoulos announced on This Week that Bill Kristol, the editor and publisher of The Weekly Standard, had joined ABC News as a contributor. Kristol’s decade-long contributor relationship with Fox News ended last summer — owing to a cooling of his relationship with Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, or rather because FNC made a lot of changes and no longer needed his services and there was no cooling at all, depending on your source.

From ABC News president Ben Sherwood’s note to staff about Schiavocampo:

Mara is a dynamic storyteller and skilled journalist who has covered nearly every major news story in the past decade.  During the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombers, Mara anchored for five straight hours as news broke that suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed during a shootout with Watertown police.

Mara’s reporting has been recognized with several honors, including an Emmy for her coverage of the 2008 Presidential Election.  In 2007, she was the only broadcast journalist to receive the National Association of Black Journalists’ “Emerging Journalist of the Year” Award.

Mara got her start in journalism right here at ABC News as a desk assistant for Radio in 2001 and as a producer for “ABC News Now” in 2004.

Please join me in giving Mara a warm welcome back to ABC News.

Ben