David Zurawik

Jessica Yellin named to CNN White House beat

Jessica Yellin, one of the stars of CNN's outstanding 2008 political coverage, was named chief White House correspondent Tuesday. She replaces Ed Henry, who left to cover the president for Fox News after seven years on the CNN beat.

Yellin assumes her new duties immediately, according to Sam Feist, Washington bureau chief and senior vice president.


"Jessica Yellin has emerged as one of the leading political reporters in Washington, " Feist said in a statement. "Jessica's assertiveness along with her clever insight made her one of the top reporters of the 2008 campaign and has already set her apart in her reporting on the 2012 campaign. We're thrilled Jessica will now bring her outstanding political journalism to our White House coverage."

"This is a dream assignment," Yellin said in a CNN release. "I'm honored CNN is putting its faith in me and humbled by the responsibility of covering the White House during these challenging times—and as we head into an election. I look forward to providing our viewers an honest assessment of the policies and the politics that affect our lives everyday."


I think it is a terrific move by CNN and shows the depth they have in their Washington bureau. CNN shouldn't miss a beat with Yellin at the White House.

Here's more from CNN on the promotion of this Harvard graduate:

(I can't believe they didn't mention her "Star Wars" hologram appearance on election night 2008. It was a moment no election-night junkie will ever forget. Seriously, though, her hard work reporting from the presidential campaign trail in the snows of Iowa in late 2007 and early 2008 is one of the things that rightfully earned her this coveted job.)

Since January 2009, Yellin has served as national political correspondent, covering important stories on politics, policy and culture for various CNN programs, including The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer and John King, USA. In that role based in Washington, D.C., Yellin traveled the country, reporting on breaking political news, as well as political trends and happenings that impact Americans outside the nation's capital. Yellin joined CNN as a Capitol Hill correspondent in August 2007.

As a member of the Peabody Award-winning Best Political Team on Television, Yellin's reporting was prominent throughout the network's 2008 and 2010 'America Votes' election coverage. During the 2008 campaign, she traveled throughout the battleground states to cover key races and conduct interviews with the candidates. Yellin has also covered significant policy debates, including the push to reform the financial regulatory system. In 2010, she won a Gracie Award for her reporting on the intersection of women and politics.

Prior to CNN, Yellin was a White House correspondent for ABC News. She began with ABC in July 2003 and reported on politics and culture for such programs as World News, Good Morning America and Nightline. She has interviewed Presidents Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush. She has also reported from around the globe, including Russia, China, Europe, Latin America and Mongolia.

Prior to joining ABC News, Yellin was an overnight anchor and correspondent for MSNBC. She covered the 2000 recount in Florida as a general assignment reporter at WTVT-TV in Tampa. She began her broadcast career in 1998 as a general assignment reporter for Orlando's 24-hour cable news channel, Central Florida News 13. In 1999, she was named morning anchor.

Yellin's work has been published in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Details and Entertainment Weekly. She was also a Los Angeles-based reporter for George Magazine.


Yellin graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa fromHarvard University.