Irish broadcaster RTÉ HAS ANNOUNCED that Sean Whelan has been hired as the network’s new Washington Correspondent.
Whelan, who has served as the BBC’s London Correspondent for the past three years, will take over from Brian O’Donovan, who has been promoted to the job of Work and Technology Correspondent for the broadcaster.
He will begin in his new position in February.
The broadcaster’s statement this morning stated that Whelan will be responsible for reporting on all elements of life in the United States across all of the broadcaster’s platforms, including television, radio, and internet.
Whelan expressed his excitement about his new position by saying, “I’m looking forward to this posting: US politics and society is always intriguing, but it’s particularly so right now,” he added.
We must keep an eye on the fact that Ireland is physically hardwired into the American economy, and that the United States plays an important role in world events.” As a result, the worldwide security environment is now complex, to say the least – and there is no better position to watch it than Washington DC, so I expect to be very busy!”
Whelan began his career with RTÉ News in 1991, and in 1994, he moved to the international desk of television news, where he covered the Bosnian war.
Later, as Deputy Foreign Editor, he covered the war in Kosovo, among other places. In recent years, he has reported extensively on Brexit, the Covid-19 pandemic, and UK politics in his capacity as London Correspondent.
The broadcaster has employed him as an Economics Correspondent for over nine years before to this. He is married with two children.
The attempted impeachment of Bill Clinton in Washington, the reunification of Hong Kong with China, and the election of New Labour in the United Kingdom are all examples of events that have occurred recently.