CNN Lands Jake Tapper

CNN announced that it has hired Jake Tapper. Easily the best pickup by CNN in 10 years…


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.


44 Responses to “CNN Lands Jake Tapper”

  1. So, CNN’s strategy is to become FOX News Lite.

  2. Seems like this was expected, but I think Tapper is a good pick-up for them. Or maybe he just looks freaking great compared to the rumored signings of the last few weeks (Ann Curry, Craig Kilborn wtf).

    Does this leave John King with a role at CNN?

  3. It’s funny to see the right get all elated about this on Twitter. This is the guy who just asked POTUS why he’s been absent on gun control the last four years.

  4. Now we know what Zucker has in mind for CNN. It’s a good first start.

    Speaking truth to power no matter what political brand is currently in Power. It’s refreshing.

  5. Maybe the right isn’t as one dimensional as you believe Joe.

    Good pickup for CNN (kinda wished he went to Fox but there was no space for him there). Hopefully CNN can use his talent to its full potential.

  6. Or we’re being purposely disingenuous. Surely the point of the question was obvious.

  7. Wooo-hoooo! I think this is great news for CNN. Maybe Tapper leans right but who cares – although I’m not convinced he is a rightie by any means. The point is, Jake is not afraid to confront power. I have seen him be tough on both sides. Spud’s right, this is the best get in a long time.

  8. Or perhaps the right values good journalists… while the left demands advocates posing as journalists (see: Journolist scandal for more examples).

  9. I didn’t notice anybody on the right thrilled to see Tapper bugging POTUS about his lack of effort on gun control. Now it’s forgotten because they’re back to thinking he’s “their guy” going to CNN.

  10. I believe his point was that if gun control is so damned important, than why did it take 20 dead kids for the President to finally take it on? I guess an honest question makes him “our guy”. Telling.

  11. He’s “your guy” based on on the glee I see from the right over CNN hiring him. He’s been the right’s pet mainstream reporter at ABC, and now they think he’s going to Fox-ify CNN. Which, of course, they’ll continue to ignore for their precious FNC. If Zucker thinks he’s going to pull conservatives over, he’s nuts.

  12. You really need to get over the idea that anyone who asks a fair question is ‘conservative’. It’s entirely too revealing.

  13. He’s not going to Fox-ify CNN. If they right thinks that, they will be very disappointed. Besides, this isn’t a Zucker move. Something like this had to be in the works a while and Zucker hasn’t even started yet.

    “Or perhaps the right values good journalists… while the left demands advocates posing as journalists” —imnotblue

    1. Did you not see my comment?
    2. Do you think I’m a conservative? Its entirely possible you are slow on the uptake so let me spell it out for you: I’m a DEMOCRAT!
    3. Don’t be a pr!ck. Really, only the right values journalism? That’s just laughable. And insulting.

  14. Joe, if anyone’s strategy at CNN is to pry ultra-conservatives from FNC, you are right, they are nuts. Don’t bother. Put on a good news program that you can be proud of and an audience will show up.

  15. The only one talking about “Foxifying” is Joe, based on his typical read of all things conservative. I would hope that enough people have gotten tired of the schtick at Fox and MS, and will give him a look.

  16. Agreed, laura. I watch MSNBC but I know what I’m getting. CNN offers a decidedly different product – straight, hard news. Jake fits that mold. CNN has been flailing around with on-air talent in the last couple years – I happen to think they got this one right.

  17. savefarris Says:

    He’s “your guy” based on on the glee I see from the right over CNN hiring him

    The “glee” is based upon our (not unreasonable) fears that Zucker would lean toward a Piers/Stephanapolous/Ezra type for his first “get”. It also signals that CNN might actually do some reporting and investigating in the next 4 years instead of the Administration stenography they’ve been doing up until now.

  18. ^ see joeremi, some you will never pry away.

    If you truly watched CNN for any length of time over the last several years you can’t possibly believe they were stenographers of any administration. CNN isn’t perfect and they have made their share of mistakes but it is not left wing news. Complain about MSNBC all you want, but CNN is nothing like MSNBC.

  19. Oh please. Let’s all pretend Jake Tapper hasn’t been the right’s mainstream darling for a few years now, and get all googly-eyed about how “fair” he is. You guys are full of it. He may indeed be a good reporter, but that’s not why the right has been boffo over him all this time. They think he’s one of theirs. I swear, you act like I’ve never watched news media before.

  20. Right. Jake’s “fair”, but conservatives are too venal to recognize it. Next, we do inkblots..

  21. That’s crap. Righties like him because they think he’s on their side. Which of course they consider “fair”. I know the game.

  22. Uh huh. I also know the game where the entire press is fair except for Fox, and any reporter who asks Obama a stiff question is suspect. Spare me.

  23. @ Elle

    Relax. I was referencing Joe’s blather, and your comment just got in between. No part of it was directed towards you.

    And speaking of Joe… if the right only likes him because they think he’s “one of them,” why does the left currently hate him? Read Mediaite. Read the blue blogs (which we all know you do). They HATE Tapper. So what does that say?

  24. You don’t even understand the point of me bringing up Tapper’s question. You’re just like the reast of them: You don’t actually read the words on the page.

  25. I think your point is that Tapper’s question to Obama was actually from the left, not the right. Where have you been, Obama, on gun control? That is a tough question from the gun control advocates of the left who wish he would have picked this fight sooner. For those on the right (not all) who thought Tapper was the only one getting tough with the President by asking that question, are the same people who would disagree with the very premise of the question.

    See, that’s Jake’s skill. Uniting the left and right without us even knowing it. 🙂

    Am I getting warm Joe?

  26. Probably impossible to prove, but I think Jake Tapper would’ve asked any of the previous presidents the exact same question given a comparable circumstance and White House reaction to it.

  27. Yep, anyone who disagrees with you is either “shilling” for someone or “just like the rest of them”. Must get windy on that elevated plane. Or plain.

  28. They’re all against you Joe.

    Just like the voices in your head.

    You know, for someone who routinely tells everyone else what the believe (wrongly or… well, almost always wrongly), you sure are sensitive about people reading your words, and throwing them back at you.

  29. Al, I bet you are right on that.

    Ha, Speak Boehner’s Plan B went down in flames. This is pure political comedy. Tee-hee-hee. Governing is a real b!tch, ain’t it Boehner?

  30. Or maybe, just maybe, Tapper is asking a valid question of a President who had a filibuster-proof majority for his first two years, and failed to do something about this issue. If you believe that the laws being considered would actually make a difference, then you should be blaming the President for what happened. If you’re honest. Or fair. Or occasionally consistent.

  31. But no, it’s the NRA’s fault. Oops.

  32. Obama has failed to do anything about gun control probably because he knows many democrats, who are equally chicken-sh!t, are afraid it is a losing issue. It was a practical political calculation that was completely without principle. I am glad Tapper asked the President, where the hell you been? Obama’s snarky response shows he is thin-skinned. Personally, I would like to see action. Full assault weapons ban, background checks without exceptions, strict limits on high-capacity magazines, etc… It should have been done sooner.

  33. AND its the NRA’s fault. 😉

  34. You still don’t get it, but moving on to how I feel about Obama on this issue (which you should know), he’s been a complete failure on gun control. As far as I can tell, he likes guns and drones and blowing shyte up. Hopefully the outrage over the massacre is strong enough that he’ll finally DO something.

  35. The right also praised Erin Burnett after she mocked Occupy Wall Street. I don’t see them watching her show…

  36. ^I didn’t know Jake was the kiss-and-tell type.

  37. Hey, did ya notice how Elle’s proposals are the same as mine, and have nothing to do with TAKING ALL THE GUNS, you government-fearing Doomsday Prepper maniacs?

  38. And did ya notice that she doesn’t call people all sorts of names, an argue interminably when it’s clear that no agreement will be achieved?

  39. Plus she’s a girl, and we just get away with sh\t.

  40. So, Joe’s back to telling “the right” what we think about things. Then, arguing when we tell he’s wrong because, as always, he knows what we really think.

    I like Tapper because he’s not a left-wing lap dog. I think he treats all sides the same. The fact is most journalists are somewhere between left and far-left. Tapper isn’t. Either was Russert.

  41. I have a serious problem with Tapper after he insinuated all NASCAR fans were racist southern redneck hicks after five people booed Michelle Obama at the 2011 Final (which, BTW, was one of the greatest races in the history of all of auto racing). I’m a left liberal and a life-long racing fan so I didn’t appreciate being painted with his broad brush.

  42. This is what I had to say after Jake Tapper’s hit piece (and believe me, this is a very mild version):

  43. Lets hope this Tapper (not to be confused with a FNC toe tapper) pushes Wolf Blitzer out the door.

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