The major news networks have announced changes to their White House correspondents’ assignments over the past few weeks, marking news media’s transition into the next presidency. Shifts in correspondent lineups have been announced at NBC, CNN, ABC, CBS and Fox News, as well as at The Washington Post newspaper.
ABC News has named Cecilia Vega to be their new chief White House Correspondent, replacing Jonathan Karl who will become ABC’s chief Washington Correspondent, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Congressional correspondent Mary Bruce will make the move to join Vega as the senior White House correspondent and deputy political director MaryAlice Parks has been named the weekend White House correspondent for this year. ABC Correspondent Rachel Scott will be switching away from the White House to cover Capitol Hill instead.
At NBC, Kristen Welker and Peter Alexander were named co-chief White House correspondents, replacing Hallie Jackson who will move on to be NBC’s senior Washington correspondent, reports Variety Magazine. Kelly O’Donnell and Geoff Bennett will continue as White House correspondents along with a newcomer, Monica Alba. Mike Memoli and Carol Lee will continue their coverage relating to President Joe Biden. Politics reporter Lauren Egan will join senior digital White House reporter Shannon Pettypiece for NBC’s digital outlets. Andrea Mitchell will also be adding chief Washington Correspondent to her badge, along with her role as chief Foreign Affairs correspondent.
CNN is also shaking things up, according to a CNN press release, with Kaitlan Collins being named chief White House correspondent and Phil Mattingly as senior White House correspondent. Also among the CNN White House correspondent team will be Jeremy Diamond, John Harwood, and Kate Bennet, as well as newcomers Arlette Saenz and MJ Lee. Kevin Liptak and Jasmine Wright will join them as White House reporters. Jeff Zeleny, who has been named chief national affairs correspondent, will also be covering the first year of the Biden White House.
Fox News responded to changes at CNN and NBC by assigning Peter Doocy, son of ‘Fox and Friends’ host Steve Doocy, to their White House team along with returning correspondent Kristin Fisher. John Roberts has left the chief White House correspondent position to co-anchor ‘America Reports’ alongside Sandra Smith. A new chief correspondent has yet to be named, says The Hollywood Reporter.
CBS announced that Capitol Hill correspondent Nancy Cordes will make the move to be chief White House correspondent, while Ed O’Keefe will be adding senior White House correspondent to his political correspondent title, according to Deadline. Weija Jiang will also be a senior White House correspondent and Paula Reid will continue to work out of the Washington bureau.
The Washington Post has also announced changes to their lineup, according to their press room blog. Ashley Parker is taking over as the new White House bureau chief, formerly held by Philip Rucker who will be moving on to be senior Washington correspondent. Annie Linskey, Sean Sullivan, Matt Viser and Cleve R. Wootson, Jr. will join returning White House correspondent Anne Gearan in coverage of the White House. Naftali Bendavid will become the White House editor.
A few additional changes are expected to be announced before the next administration starts in full swing. Remember to check back here for updates!