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NBC's Fred Francis Joins NASA as Special Consultant

Press Release From: NASA HQ
Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2004

After three decades working as a senior correspondent for NBC news, award-winning journalist Fred Francis has joined NASA as a special consultant.

Francis will assist the agency in developing communication tools and strategies as the agency moves closer to Return to Flight and the launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery for STS-114.

"Francis has impeccable credentials as both a journalist and as an effective communicator," said Assistant Administrator for Public Affairs Glenn Mahone. "We're fortunate to have him as part of our team as we get closer to returning the Space Shuttle to safe flight. His creative storytelling approach and insight are valuable assets as we move forward with sharing this important story."

Francis was a senior correspondent for NBC News and most recently was based at the network's bureau in Washington. He reported inside Iraq before and during the war.

For most of his career with NBC News, Francis focused his work on national security, military and diplomatic issues, primarily for "NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw."

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