In a speedy announcement after Ed Henry‘s blockbuster news that he was leaving CNN for Fox News last week, CNN’s Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist has picked Jessica Yellin to join the network’s White House unit. The news was announced this morning. Yellin begins her new assignment as chief White House correspondent immediately.

“This is a dream assignment,” said Yellin in a statement. “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.”

Where has Yellin worked? Find out about her professional past after the jump…

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 NYT, the LAT, Details and Entertainment Weekly. She was also a Los Angeles-based reporter for the now defunct George Magazine.