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Guardian Investigative Journalist Nick Davies Joins Company’s U.S. Operation

Nick Davies - Guardian Investigative Journalist

Nick Davies, the Guardian journalist who helped blow the lid on the UK phone hacking scandal has traveled to the US to join the news organizations fledgling US operation.

Arriving two weeks ago Davies is hoping to blow the lid off the same type of phone hacking scandal in the U.S which caused News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch to close News of the World.

Davies’ arrival in the states comes just after the FBI opened an investigation of their own to determine if the mobile phones of 9/11 victims were hacked by News Corp. employees in the United States.

Speaking To Yahoo’s Cutline blog Davies said:

“The Guardian have asked me to join a group of journalists who they are sending from London to the U.S. to increase our coverage of U.S. stories. So, apart from looking at the hacking story here, the other purpose of the trip is to make decisions about exactly where I would be based if I were to come here. I’m still exploring that, too.”

“My job here would be to do investigations,” he added.

The Guardian US operation is still in it’s infancy, having launched in April with Guardian.co.uk editor Janine Gibson heading up the operation as the news agency begins to further implement their “digital first” strategy.

The site already attracts eight million unique visitors in America (ComScore – February 2011) and a phone hacking story could be exactly what the U.S. version of the digital publication needs to secure their place among top news agencies in the United States.