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WorldNetDaily has added five new full-time reporters and editors to its growing staff, a move intended to enhance dramatically the amount and scope of investigative reporting for which the Internet newspaper is best known.

“Since well before we completed the transition to for-profit status, WorldNetDaily has been working at bringing together a top-flight team that can help us move to the next level,” said WorldNetDaily Editor /news/archives.asp?ARCHIVE_ID=1Joseph Farah. “We’re truly fortunate to have the level of talent and experience that this group brings.”

Three of the five, already familiar to WND readers as contributing writers, are now full-time reporters. /news/archives.asp?ARCHIVE_ID=45David Bresnahan, a veteran investigative reporter, has also been a nationally-syndicated radio talk show host, a newspaperman, and has authored three books — including the WorldNetDaily best seller, “Cover-Up: The Art and Science of Political Deception.”

David Bresnahan

Following stints as radio news director and talk host in Lowell, Massachusetts, and as a reporter and photographer for two Massachusetts daily newspapers, Bresnahan became a local radio talk show host in Salt Lake City at K-Talk in 1995, and then syndicated the show (“Talk USA Investigative Reports”) nationally to affiliates around the country.

Bresnahan has also been an NCAA gymnastics competitor, coach of the U.S. Men’s Gymnastics Team, and international gymnastics competition judge, not to mention a Utah state legislator.

Reporter /news/archives.asp?ARCHIVE_ID=2Jon E. Dougherty is a prolific newshound, often filing several stories per day. Dougherty’s career has encompassed several talk radio positions, including associate producer and guest host of the nationally syndicated “Derry Brownfield Show,” co-host of the daily “Daybreak America” on Catholic Family Radio, and host of his own talk programs on the Radio America Network and the Talk America Radio network.

Jon Dougherty

In early 1999, Dougherty went to work as a part-time contributing editor for WorldNetDaily.

Prior to his career in the news media, Jon Dougherty spent several years serving his country as a combat corpsman in the Naval Reserve and the Marine Corps. He also served as a flight medic in the Missouri Army Guard, and spent several years as a paramedic in and around Jefferson City, Missouri, during which time he contributed more than 150 articles to emergency medical service (EMS) trade magazines. Dougherty is also a published poet and has been honored for songwriting.

Joe Kovacs, a 16-year veteran of the news media, has worked in television, radio, and publishing. WorldNetDaily’s newest editor, Kovacs is leaving USA Broadcasting in Miami, where he was the assignment manager for “The Times,” an innovative television newsmagazine. Previously, he was the managing editor for WPBF-TV, the ABC news affiliate in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Joe Kovacs

After spending 10 years in radio as a reporter, anchor and editor — culminating with five years at Florida’s Radio Network in Orlando — Kovacs, who speaks fluent Hungarian, spent a year overseas publishing three books as special projects editor for the Budapest Business Journal.

Recipient of numerous awards from the Associated Press, United Press International, and other organizations for news reporting, Kovacs will help WorldNetDaily expand in many ways over the next few months.

Anthony C. LoBaido is an intrepid international investigative reporter. A true-life adventurer, LoBaido has worked as a journalist in Mexico, South Africa, Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong, Australia, Laos and Cambodia.

In South Africa, LoBaido lived and trained with the elite Special Forces of the South African Defense Force. His articles on South Africa’s right-wing and post-Apartheid mercenary army Executive Outcomes were published the world over and translated into Russian and French. LoBaido is also the author of “The Third Boer War,” an apocalyptic account of a future war in South Africa between the global right wing and the UN/ANC.

A veteran filmmaker, LoBaido was hired by former U.S. President George Bush to produce a documentary on his life for the Bush Presidential Library. The video was featured on CNN in 1993.

Anthony C. LoBaido

LoBaido also worked for 27 months in South Korea as a television actor. In addition, he played wide receiver on the New York State champion St. John the Baptist football team, and was a gold medal sprinter on the track team. He was recruited by Maryland, UTEP, Wichita State and Arizona State as a left-handed pitcher and wide reciever.

/news/archives.asp?ARCHIVE_ID=16Charles Smith is recognized by the CIA and the Departments of Defense, Justice and Commerce as a journalist and media representative, having published articles in the USAF’s The Connection, Information Protection Journal, ESOURCES Online, U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings Magazine, Free American News Magazine, Washington Inquirer and Insight magazine.

During his long career in data processing and journalism, Smith received top secret clearance to work for the U.S. Army on logistic projects during the Cold War, and provided war games for the Army and the U.S. Naval weapons center at Dahlgren, Va.

Smith has provided security software for medical information services and hospitals, and encryption software for secure email, direct communications, electronic commerce and Internet website services. In addition, he was a security adviser for the Virginia Government Internet Committee and co-wrote information security requirements for report to State legislature. In September 1998, he provided detailed briefing for FBI investigators assigned to the Cox/Dix Committee on advanced technology transfers to China and Russia.

Predictably, Smith specializes in national security, military, and related topics in his investigative reporting, as WND readers know from his weekly /news/archives.asp?ARCHIVE_ID=16″Softwar” columns.

Charles Smith

“We believe these additions to our writing and editing staff will allow us to do an even better job of providing our readers an accurate daily picture of what is happening in their world,” said Farah. “We’re excited about the future of the New Media, and particularly, of course, of WorldNetDaily.com.” Farah doesn’t take the 2-year-old website’s success for granted. “Although,” he added, “we are very grateful for being voted the Internet’s most popular website for five months. But we intend constantly to improve our service to our readers,” said Farah, “and the addition of these five is just the next step. There will be many more.”

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