CNN Names Keilar Senior Political Correspondent

CNN tapped Brianna Keilar as CNN’s senior political correspondent. One wonders if this move is at all connected to this

Brianna Keilar Named Senior Political Correspondent

Brianna Keilar has been named CNN’s senior political correspondent, it was announced today by Sam Feist, CNN senior vice president and Washington bureau chief. With her new assignment as senior political correspondent, Keilar will cover important stories on politics and policy and serve as the lead reporter covering Hillary Clinton and the Democratic field. She begins her new assignment in March. In addition, Keilar will also serve as the network’s primary fill-in anchor for “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” at 5 p.m. ET.

“Brianna has distinguished herself as one of the top political reporters in the field,” said Feist. “She possesses a strong understanding of both the White House and the congressional beat, and we’re thrilled she’ll be taking on this new assignment as the campaign season heats up.”

Keilar, who joined the network in 2006 as general assignment correspondent, has provided comprehensive coverage of both the Obama administration and Congress during her time at CNN. In 2012, Keilar reported extensively on President Barack Obama’s campaign, the Democratic National Convention, and she contributed to the network’s Emmy Award-winning election night coverage. She earned the National Press Foundation’s Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress for her 2008 coverage of the $700 billion bank bailout.

5 Responses to “CNN Names Keilar Senior Political Correspondent”

  1. What is Dana Bash called? Isn’t she a political reporter?

  2. I think your connection is a solid one; the bureau is making room for a possible White House correspondent out of Bolduan. If that isn’t the case, I’d be surprised if Athena Jones isn’t promoted. She often covers Washington politics; I imagine she’ll be named a Congressional/White house correspondent by the time of the Iowa caucuses.

    And Pam, Dana Bash is Chief Congressional Correspondent.

  3. CNN I s by far the best network at creating grand sounding titles for their reporters. Everyone that works there is either the senior or a chief of something important.🙂

  4. bushleaguer Says:

    My first thought was that they are trying to keep Keilar happy and keep her from jumping ship. She’s been with CNN for a long time and probably thinks she is due for an anchor position.

    But I think Spud is onto something…..Zucker will ditch Bolduan and replace her with (?) and think that New Day will be resurrected.

  5. Interestingly, CNN made a few key moves today; Pamela Brown relocated from NYC, where she reported primarily for New Day, to Washington, where she will be CNN’s new Justice Correspondent. Further, they announced Bash to be leading the Republican 2014-2016 election coverage. And they hired some NBC lady to join the White House unit.

    If Zucker intends to move Bolduan, (which I agree I think he does), what is he waiting on?

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