Everything’s Jake At CNN

Tapper will anchor CNN’s 4p slot tweeted TVNewser. ABC’s Jon Karl will assume Tapper‘s position at the White House. ABC News. Martha Raddatz will assume Tapper‘s position as This Week fill-in — and a new gig as Global Foreign Affairs Correspondent.  Brian Stelter NYT.

Perhaps Tapper was ticked he was passed up as permanent host of  ABC’s This Week.  He’d filled in before ABC plucked Christiane Amanpour in what turned out to be a bad move.  Imperious Amanpour‘s ratings sucked.  George Stephanopoulos returned.  Amanpour went back to CNN.  Huff Post.

Fox News honcho Roger Ailes, heckling Tapper for having to “settle for CNN, writes on Tapper‘s Facebook:  “Don’t let Sam Donaldson drive you to your new job.”

Jake wasted no time replacing ABC News with CNN on his Twitter page.

Jake Tapper

“Accomplished Washington journalist.”

CNN press release:  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.

See Tapper‘s shot at Obama here: Suppose Obama Gave A War On Guns And Nobody Came.

(h/t Wayne J. Svantner)

Thursday, December 20, 2012 @ 7:52 PM


  • John Cobb

    Tapper wont last at CNN, he pissed O-man off with a tough question,  and Zucker (who probable had no say in Jake’s hiring) will wreck Tappers career for doing this, you watch.

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

      Apparently Tapper’s talks with CNN commenced B.Z. — Before Zucker.  We’ll see.  I’m sure Zucker had to sign off on Tapper’s hiring.

    • John Cobb

      Not if Zucker had yet to start, but Zucker must realize that Tapper brings a lot of credibility with him, so Zucker will like that.

      Tapper will be the most competent reporter at CNN, so he chose wisely in that respect.

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

       Jake’s worked at CNN before.  Can’t recall the year.

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

      From Friday’s Mike Allen Politico Playbook:  “Tapper’s new show will initially air during one of the hours that CNN programming is in D.C., between 4 and 7 p.m., after which it will likely find a later time slot. The pitch to Tapper by incoming CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker was key to the hire.”

    • John Cobb

      Now let’s see if Zucker can get Olby to come to work, unless Olbys too much of a drunk, which I suspect.

  • Jimbotalk

    I had Tapper on my radio program to talk about “The Outpost”  He’s very impressive.

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

      I knew you had him on. The standard to which CNN’s anchors might reach in their dreams.

  • Patrick in Burnsville

    Whoa…I missed that one on Major Garrett leaving Fox…living in a bubble in the woods here for several weeks….JIMBO….what happened?????

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

      Garrett left Fox in 2010 to go back to go back into print.  The National Journal.  Garrett left the magazine and was named CBS News as head White House correspondent last month.  After leaving Fox Garrett appeared frequently on Fox rival MSNBC and CBS “Face The Nation.”

      http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18564_162-57557127/major-garrett/