December 20th, 2012
04:41 PM ET

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 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 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.

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  1. tedleeatlanta

    Congrats to CNN. Tapper is top notch, and will seriously raise the talent level at the network. He's one of the few remaining journalists who aren't just laps dogs for the current administration. Hopefully his style of objective journalism will become contagious at the network.

    December 20, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Dean Grantham

    CNN’s hiring of Tapper following his sophomoric antic signals a significant erosion of its journalistic credibility. I remember a time, back when the once-proud Republican Party was guided by fiscal and patriotic principles rather than by personal and corporate greed cloaked in patriotic propaganda, that CNN was the world leader in journalism. We live in a world now where pot-shots at our leaders and our children are increasingly being replaced by actual gunfire, and we need people in the fourth estate as well as in Congress who actually care about working together rather than fighting for political turf or landing cheap shots. Some of us seem to have forgotten that citizenship in the United States involves responsibilities, not just rights.

    December 23, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Will Harrison

    Jake Tapper is the last man in Washington doing real, and objective reporting and asking the tough questions of those in power who are otherwise fawned over like adorable puppy dogs that can do no wrong. There was a time when every reporter with any self respect from the police and city hall beat on up did this sacred duty of the fourth estate. Alas, now there is just Jake Tapper. Maybe CNN can clone him and send a few down to Atlanta too.

    December 23, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. CarolinaSistah

    When a news giant like abc loses a pro to another news giant like cnn, Jake Tapper wins.

    December 29, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Riddler

    Congrats to CNN for getting Jake Tapper , who should have gotten the Sunday Show on ABC. How soon can he replace Piers whats his name?

    January 22, 2013 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. CNNfan

    I admire the journalists at CNN for their objective yet sensitive reporting. They are able to ask the tough questions without bullying or disrespecting the person their are interviewing. No other network could have covered the Newtown tragedy with more sensitivity and compassion than the reporters and jounalists at CNN. In my humble opinion Jake Tapper does not reflect this reputation. I am still in shock about his disrespectfull remarks to President Obama at the last press conference. Some may call him objective but I call him insensitive and disrespectful. Hopefully he can learn a lesson from his new very well regarded colleagues.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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