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But the frontrunner in the court of public opinion would appear to be Brian Stelter, the New York Times media reporter who’s built up an outsized reputation on the TV-news beat over the past several years. The 28-year-old’s two guest-hosting appearances have generated the most buzz and earned him rave reviews.
Stelter, who has said he “would not leave the Times for a television job,” declined to comment on the state of his discussions with CNN. Likewise, a CNN spokeswoman would not discuss the state of the host hunt.
“CNN will continue to have a rotating schedule of guest hosts until we’re ready to announce the replacement,” she said.
A CNN source said there was no timeline for naming a permanent replacement and that the network has been “trying out lots of people.” Others have included NPR’s David Folkenflik, Politico’s Patrick Gavin, The Daily Beast’s John Avlon and former Conde Nast Portfolio editor-in-chief Joanne Lipman.