Jake Tapper Joins CNN As Anchor And Chief Washington Correspondent

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December 20th, 2012

via press release:

 JAKE TAPPER JOINS CNN AS ANCHOR AND CHIEF WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT

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.

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  • BevAG

    Ralph, thank you for the Bravo. I appreciate it!!!!

    Boo Boo Bear, I’ll just put it this way: There’s levels of juvenile behavior. Calling yourself BooBooBear is way down there in the juvenile range and then calling Fox News Faux News adds to your childish behavior.

    The fact that you mistook my reference to Obama as the Wizard of Oz as juvenile adds to your naivete.

    There is nothing juvenile about calling Obama the Wizard of Oz. I call him the Wizard of Oz because of that famous line in the movie where the Wizard is exposed and he says to the people of the city of Emerald who he’s been fooling for years, “Don’t pay attention to that man behind the curtain.”

    The Wizard, our President were/are both attempting to pull the wool over our eyes. Obama does that every day with the American people.

  • BevAG

    dd:

    Thank you very much for the information on Tennessee. I’m going to look into the Tellico Village.

    I’ve visited Knoxville twice, and I just love the people. I have a friend who’s lived there for 70 years. He worked at the Oak Ridge lab. Brilliant man.

    He says to me, “Here in Tennessee, Knoxville, the government, we all work together because the govt isn’t trying to run our lives and the people respect the govt.” He tells me the govt understands their place and they want to stay small and do their jobs. That’s the way govt should be. I just love him talking about Tennesseans.

    I’m so glad to hear you like it in that area as well. I will be making the move around June of 2013.

    I want out of this Democrat economics running the State of California into bankruptcy and the govt taxing us to oblivion to get out of their fiscal ineptness. I can no longer stand this nanny state philosophy that the politicians in California have and now the people that live in California have.

    Politicians give out handouts to ensure they’re re-elected and the people take them, whether they need them or not, because they’re offered.

  • clinging to my god

    Don’t worry, jake will eventually leave CNN..as did John Roberts, Bill Hemmer and Ed Henry….you have to go to a cable news station where people actually see and hear you…that leaves MSNBC out, they’re a joke….

  • RealityChick

    Jake Tapper going to CNN is wonderful. There are only a handful of cable news “journalists” with credibility and he will certainly be a welcome addition to the professionals. The entire line up on MSNBC is a joke. Al Sharpton? Come on. Was he put on to pacify the I hate rich white people crowd? Try and get through three hours of MSNBC…pick any three. They are all interchangeable. Non-stop one sided dialog about how great Obama is and how horrible is the rest of the world and we all need to conform to our dear leader’s ideas. At leaset Fox has a variety of formats, but they too need to welcome a more diverse dialog. I used to watch CNN because the other two were too far in their corners until CNN became another left-wing mouthpiece. Hopefully this is the start of the return of the actual investigative news journalism we used to have.

  • 1966

    @reality chick
    you go girl!!!

  • Andy

    DOES THIS MEAN JESSICA YELLIN IS OUT AS PART OF THE CNN WHITE HOUSE REPORTING STAFF. G00D RIDDANCE !

    SHE IMPLIED THAT SARAH PALIN WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE TUSCAN SHOOTINGS THAT SEVERELY INJURED GABBY GIFFORDS, JUST BECAUSE THERE WERE TARGET SYMBOLS ON A CAMPAIGN MAP. SHE SHOULD HAVE BEEN FIRED ON THE SPOT.

  • george

    Jake…I am disappointed- You would have been perfect at Fox news!!

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