Jessica Yellin Named CNN Chief Domestic Affairs Correspondent
CNN, Jessica Yellin
CNN Washington bureau chief and senior vice president Sam Feist announced today that the network is promoting several of its Washington-based correspondents beginning next month. The changes come while the network continues to enhance newsgathering capabilities and on the heels of launching several new programs including The Lead with Jake Tapper, New Day, and announcing the re-launch of Crossfire.
"With these changes, CNN's Washington team of correspondents will be even better positioned to deliver on our core missions of breaking news and enterprise reporting," said Feist. "As CNN continues to grow its newsgathering capabilities, we are thrilled to have such an outstanding group of correspondents to move into these key roles."
The changes include:
Jessica Yellin, who has distinguished herself with exceptional coverage of the Obama administration and the 2008 presidential campaign, will become chief domestic affairs correspondent. In this new assignment, she will report on a wide range of political stories providing analysis and coverage of domestic affairs across the network's programming and digital platforms. Yellin will also serve as a substitute anchor in various positions for the network. During her time as chief White House correspondent she reported a 90-minute documentary with exclusive interviews of President Obama, Secretary of State Clinton, Mrs. Obama, and others during the president's re-election campaign. As a member of the 2008 Peabody Award-winning campaign team, Yellin's reporting was prominent throughout the election year as she traveled throughout the key primary and battleground states.
Brianna Keilar, who has provided strong, comprehensive coverage of the Obama Administration, has been named Sr. White House correspondent. She has been reporting extensively on President Obama and his administration from the nation's capital and from around the world since 2008. Previously, Keilar served as congressional correspondent, responsible for reporting on both the U.S. House and Senate. In that role, she was honored with the National Press Foundation's Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress for her fall 2008 coverage of the $700 billion bank bailout. Prior to covering Congress, Keilar served as general assignment correspondent for the network, reporting on a wide range of stories, including the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, where she was the first CNN correspondent on the ground. Keilar will continue to serve as a substitute anchor for programs across the network.