July 2, 2020 – NEWARK, NJ – NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, announced that Chief Political Correspondent Michael Aron will step down from his daily role reporting to focus on weekly “special” contributions to the network’s weeknight newscast, NJTV News. Aron, known as the “Dean of the State House Press Corps” from his decades-long career covering New Jersey politics, will also periodically appear as a guest on NJTV’s YouTube version of Reporters Roundtable, transitioning from his former role as anchor of that series, and contribute insight and interviews to other news specials. Most immediately, he is focusing on the upcoming July 7th primary, interviewing candidates in some of the most competitive districts, including CD-2 and CD-3, for the weeknight newscast.
“I’ve reached a point in my life and my career when it’s time for me to rein in my focus and energy,” said Aron. “I have loved what I do, and am grateful for the chance to keep on doing it. I look forward to more personal time between assignments.”
“Michael Aron is a New Jersey political icon,” said NJTV News Sr. Managing Editor Jamie Kraft. “We are privileged and honored that his reporting to NJTV News and Reporters Roundtable will continue. His knowledge and contacts on state politics is unrivaled. We’ll continue to share him with our audience for as long as he is willing!”
Aron has been an award-winning journalist since 1970, contributing to such esteemed national and local outlets as Harper’s Magazine, Rolling Stone and New Jersey Monthly, and has served as chief political correspondent for public television for 38 years (both at NJTV News and the former New Jersey Network (NJN)). Aron has interviewed every New Jersey governor, state Supreme Court chief justice and legislative leader during his tenure, plus a number of presidential candidates. He has covered national political conventions, trade missions abroad and all the major political issues of the state.
Adding to his distinguished career since joining the NJTV News team, Aron was awarded the League of Municipalities’ 2015 Distinguished Public Service Award and has been consistently ranked in the Top 10 on the PolitickerNJ and InsiderNJ Power Lists.
NJTV News Chief Political Correspondent Michael Aron at the Trenton State House. Photo by Joseph Sinnott/NJTV
NJTV News Chief Political Correspondent Michael Aron. Photo by Joseph Sinnott/NJTV