Jake Tapper Joins CNN As Anchor And Chief Washington Correspondent

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December 20th, 2012

via press release:


Tapper to Anchor New Weekday Program Beginning in 2013


Accomplished Washington journalist Jake Tapper, who has served the last four years as ABC’s senior White House correspondent and is a best-selling author, joins CNN as anchor of a new weekday program and CNN’s chief Washington correspondent, it was announced today by Ken Jautz, executive vice president of CNN/U.S.

Tapper has been a widely-respected reporter in the nation’s capital for 14 years and his most recent book, The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, is currently on The New York Times best seller list. In his new role at CNN, he will be a key Washington, D.C. anchor and correspondent for CNN.

“We are thrilled to have Jake join CNN and take the helm of a brand new weekday program,” said Jautz. “Jake is an exceptional reporter and communicator, and we look forward to developing a program that takes advantage of all of his strengths, his passion and his knowledge of national issues and events.”

“With CNN’s impeccable reporting during the elections and the exciting changes in the works for the network, this is a perfect time to join the CNN team,” said Tapper. “I am excited about the prospect of working with both the new leadership and some old friends and colleagues.”

Tapper comes to CNN from ABC News, where he most recently served as senior White House correspondent, a position he was named to immediately following the 2008 presidential election. In this role, Tapper contributed regularly to “Good Morning America,” “Nightline,” and “World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer,” in addition to serving as substitute host of “This Week” and publishing to his “Political Punch” blog on ABCNews.com. While on the White House beat, Tapper has earned the coveted Merriman Smith Award for presidential coverage from the White House Correspondents’ Association an unprecedented three times in a row. He also played a key role in the network’s Emmy award winning coverage of the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Tapper has covered a wide range of stories since joining ABC News in 2003, including the war in Iraq and Hurricane Katrina. In 2008, he served as the lead political reporter for the coverage of the presidential election. He traveled to early voting states across the country for interviews with the candidates, including the eventual Democratic and Republican nominees, then-Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain.

Prior to joining ABC News, Tapper served as Washington correspondent, then national correspondent, for Salon.com. He began his journalism career at the Washington City Paper and his writings have since been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post,The Los Angeles Times and The Weekly Standard, among others. He authored a political comic strip, “Capitol Hell,” which appeared in Roll Call from 1994 to 2003.

Tapper also appeared on CNN in 2001, including co-hosting the show “Take 5,” a weekend program that featured young journalists talking about politics and pop culture.

Tapper is the author of three books including the newly-released “The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor,” currently on The New York Times best seller list.  His book Down and Dirty: The Plot to Steal the Presidency was published in 2001 and Body Slam: The Jesse Ventura Story was published in 1999.  He is a graduate of Dartmouth College.

CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is the most trusted source for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; CNN Digital Network, the No. 1 network of news Web sites in the United States; CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively syndicated news service; and strategic international partnerships within both television and the digital media.


  • BevAG

    Interesting that Jake Tapper joins CNN as anchor. He was the reporter who asked Obama, “Where you been?” Which, of course, we’re not used to reporters challenging the Great Wizard of Oz Obama on anything!! Only Fox News does that, and the Libs do everything they can to minimalize Fox.

    BUT there might be hope for the American people after all with this Jake guy. Maybe this is the turnaround. Maybe CNN wants to really strike ahead in this horse race and purposely NOT be the arm of the White House like MSNBC is. Maybe CNN realized the only way they can stay in this race is if they become real news people and FINALLY make the Obama Administration answer to some of the garbage they’re hiding from the American people.

    If I’m surmizing this correctly, I’m SO happy about that. THAT’S how the American people win.

    I love, love, love Fox News. But if CNN is going to do what all reporters should be doing and making Obama and his administration answer questions, then I’m like, “You go, CNN. This is SO great.”

    What that will do is make all reporters more aggressive towards this Administration, which they always should have been. Fox will even get more aggressive, and MSNBC will be so far behind because CNN and Fox combined will make it SO clear that the only thing the MSNBC watcher gets is what Obama wants them to get.

    And, yeah, for this Jake Trapper. I loved his, “Where you been,” question to the Wizard of Oz Obama. I stood up and applauded right in my own home!!! FINALLY a news reporter other than Fox News who behaved like a journalist.

  • randyaw

    Lost all cred with the statement “Love Fox news”, then again studies do show an average of 20 IQ points less for Fox news viewers so…………

  • JJA

    God knows they can use him over at CNN. Too bad he didn’t go to Fox, but Fox’s “high profile” positions are all filled at the moment.

  • JJA

    @randyaw–you mean “studies” conducted by CNN and MSNBC. lol

  • Mt Rick

    I don’t see anything about what time slot he will be filling.

  • BevAG

    @ randy, Lost all cred with the statement “Love Fox news”, then again studies do show an average of 20 IQ points less for Fox news viewers so…………


    I disagree.

  • BevAG

    JJA, I wish Jake had gone over to Fox also.

    But if this Jake is going to be upfront and out there and really make the Obama administration answerable to the American people, as it should be, CNN might have a fighting chance.

  • JJA

    @BevAG–don’t get your hopes up. Think Candy Crowley at the presidential debate and her ridiculous “right in the main” comment.

  • d.d.

    Jake Tapper is a real coup for CNN. He’s an aggressive reporter who is highly regarded by both the Right & the Left. Jake would fit in best as an anchor taking the place of way too much Wolf Blitzer . He should have at least a full hour show in Wolf’s time slot.

    Actually Jake is making a CNN return. He co-hosted “Take 5,” a weekend program that featured young journalists on CNN about 10 years ago.


    TN is a great place to live . Real estate taxes are low . We have a fairly new brick home on a golf course & our real estate taxes are only $800 a year. There is no state income tax but we have a fairly high sales tax , & the schools aren’t top notch.

    My husband & I have lived in East Central ,TN., for the last 13 years. We think of TN as our home & wished we had moved here sooner . People are friendly, helpful , giving , & , cost of living is reasonable . We chose a smaller town than you want , but it has a renowned Playhouse, 12 golf courses , & lakes for pleasure or fishing. Our daily view is of the mountains , &, lots of trees.

    Eastern , TN , has Knoxville , & , many people from out of state move to Tellico Village which is very nice, & , yes, their are many individual homes around with a lot of land.

  • Fake Me Out


    Trying to argue with a fan of Faux News is pointless. They have their minds made up and are happily drinking the Rightwingnut Flavoured Kool-Aid™. And don’t try to confuse them with facts because using those left wing tricks won’t work nor none of your commie-socialist science thing-a-ma-bobs neither … “we knows what we knows ’cause our pappy told us and his pappy told him so we’s gots history on our side!”

    He is lucky to be governor of Texas. He is unusually incurious, abnormally unintelligent, amazingly inarticulate, fantastically uncultured, extraordinarily uneducated, and apparently quite proud of all these things.” — Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011) on George W. Bush

  • 1966

    lol at fake me out

  • Ralph Hahn

    @BevAG: BRAVO!

  • Ralph Hahn

    This would be a good discussion board if we can get the 4-year olds, like those who have to write “Faux News” outta here and access to the Disney discussion page. We have two good candidates to be “voted out” right now. It’s not eliminating any dissenting opinions I’m talking about. It’s about the childish buzzwords they use to demean Fox News, thus demeaning Fox News viewers here. I rarely post here anymore because of the C.E. (childish-element), but I enjoyed respectful sparring with folks like TheBoss1, because you’re at least going to get an intelligent dissention not gobbledegook first composed in crayon.

  • Ralph Hahn

    I would include suikostinger with TheBoss1 as worthy opponents, but I don’t even see his name anymore. Probably too embarassed to be wrongly linked to posters like Jeff and Mark2.

  • GS

    Wow, a Fox News fan calling CNN biased. Pot/kettle.

  • 1966

    lol at gs

  • david

    I enjoyed his reporting for ABC and i will be watching his reporting on CNN when he starts there.

  • KevinY

    My guess is he’ll get the 6 pm EST/3 pm PST slot. Erin Burnett and Anderson have poor ratings but I don’t think their time-slots are in jeopardy. I still think Wolf will be on for two hours (1 pm – 3 pm PST).

  • Boo Boo Bear

    @Ralph…Funny that you gave BevAG a BRAVO! and called others 4 years olds for saying Faux News…..yet BevAG called the President “Great Wizard of Oz Obama” for saying something a 4 year would say…..keep drinking the kool aid…

  • 1966

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