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Jay Carney to Join CNN as Political Commentator

carneyFormer White House press secretary Jay Carney is set to join CNN as a political commentator Washington bureau chief Sam Feist announced today. See him tonight for the network’s coverage pertaining to President Barack Obama’s remarks on ISIS.

“Jay’s unique experience as both a journalist and a White House press secretary make him an invaluable voice for the network as we cover the final two years of the Obama Administration and look ahead to the coming campaigns,” said Feist. “We’re fortunate to have Jay on our air tonight to provide analysis and insight surrounding the President’s address to the nation.” Read more

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Paul Steinhauser Set to Depart CNN for NH1

profilepictureCNN DC bureau chief Sam Feist today sent a note to bureau staff announcing that CNN political editor Paul Steinhauser will soon join NH1 as political director and anchor.

Steinhauser has been with CNN for 28 years in a plethora of roles, including assignment editor, producer, and show EP.

See Feist’s note to staff after the jump. Read more

CNN White House Correspondent Michelle Kosinski Marries Kimbell Rush Duncan

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CNN White House correspondent Michelle Kosinski wed retired investment banker turned philanthropist Kimbell Rush Duncan Saturday at the Anderson House in Washington.

Kosinski donned a floral crown – designed by a milliner in Krakow – a Polish tradition reflecting her heritage. Female guests were all given their own floral crowns to wear throughout the night and men were greeted with their own boutonnieres.

The menu consisted of a salad of avocado and hearts of palm; Chilean sea bass with sweet corn, chanterelles, asparagus, purple sticky rice and lemongrass broth; and wedding cake with vanilla buttercream and fresh berries.

In attendance: CNN DC bureau chief Sam FeistWolf Blitzer and wife Lynn Blitzer, CNN’s Dana Bash and boyfriend actor Spencer Garrett, CNN’s Jim Sciutto and wife Gloria Riviera; Fox News’ Ed Henry and wife CNN’s Shirley Henry; CNN’s Brianna Keilar and Kevin Sheridan; CNN’s Lauren Pratapas and husband Brad Dayspring, NRSC strategist; CNN’s Gloria BorgerJim AcostaEdie EmeryLaura BernardiniDavid ChalianJay ShaylorFederico Quadrani, and Becky Brittain; and NBC’s Kristen Welker.

POLITICO’s Rachel Smolkin to Join CNN as Executive Editor of CNN Politics Digital

Rachel SmolkinAn email to CNN staff this morning announced that POLITICO managing editor for news Rachel Smolkin is headed to the network to serve as executive editor of CNN Politics Digital. In this role, she’ll lead CNNPolitics.com across all platforms in an effort to make its work “bolder, buzzier and more essential to audiences in and outside of the beltway.”

In lieu of a press release, CNN lately has been doing a Q&A with new hires. Check it out to hear from Smolkin on the best career advice she’s ever received, what drew her to politics, and the biggest challenge of covering Washington.

Smolkin’s last day at POLITICO is slated for August 8 and will start with CNN in mid-August. Prior to POLITICO, she was an assignment editor at USA Today.

See managing editor of CNN Digital Meredith Artley‘s email to staff after the jump. Read more

CNN Names Elise Labott Global Affairs Correspondent

b20720d653e07e54d5f77d41b24f8312An internal memo sent last hour by CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist to staff announced that Elise Labott was named global affairs correspondent with the network. She has been with CNN for 14 years, as a State Department producer and later a foreign affairs reporter.

See Feist’s memo after the jump. Read more

David Chalian Named CNN Political Director

david-chalianA Friday afternoon announcement within CNN named “Crossfire” supervising producer David Chalian CNN Political Director.

Chalian, who joined the network in July 2013 after serving as VP of video programming for POLITICO, will manage CNN’s political reporters and producers and oversee all political coverage.

Prior to POLITICO, Chalian was the political director for ABC News during the 2008 presidential campaign, Washington bureau chief for Yahoo News, and political editor for PBS “NewsHour.”

Read the full announcement, after the jump.

FROM: Sam Feist and Virginia Moseley

As we head into midterm election season and begin to lay the groundwork for the coming presidential campaign, it gives us great pleasure to announce that David Chalian has accepted the position of CNN Political Director. Over the last year, David has proven himself to be an outstanding political producer as the supervising producer of Crossfire.

David brings to this role a wealth of experience managing network political coverage. David was political director for ABC News during the 2008 presidential campaign and earned an Emmy award for his contribution to ABC’s 2009 inauguration coverage. David has also served as the Washington Bureau Chief for Yahoo News, Political Editor for PBS Newhour, and Vice President of video programming for Politico.

As Political Director, David will manage our extraordinary team of political reporters and producers and will oversee all aspects of CNN’s political coverage including day-to-day reporting, our Polling Unit, Decision Team, and political planning operation.

We can think of no person better prepared to lead our political team throughout the 2014 and 2016 campaigns. David will partner with Ed O’Keefe and the CNNPolitics.com team to make sure that CNN’s political coverage is unmatched on TV and online.

David will report to Virginia and officially moves into his new role on July 1st.

Please join us in congratulating David Chalian on a well deserved promotion.

CNN’s Brianna Keilar Upped to Senior Political Correspondent

Sam Feist, CNN Washington bureau chief, announced today that  Brianna Keilar has been named CNN’s senior political correspondent. Along with reporting the top political and policy stories of the day, Keilar will serve as the lead reporter covering Hillary Clinton and the 2016 Democratic field. She will also serve as the network’s primary fill-in anchor for “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” at 5 p.m. ET.

Brianna is currently CNN’s senior White House correspondent. She joined the network in 2006 and previously served as a congressional correspondent. Her new assignment begins in March.

Congratulations from FBDC Brianna!

John King Revives ‘Inside Politics’ at CNN

“Inside Politics” is back -this time with more John King. The 30 minute Sunday program, which was previously hosted by Judy Woodruff before being cancelled in 2005, will feature a rotating group of political reporters who will provide an insider’s look into the key stories of the week.

“As we look ahead to the 2014 and 2016 campaigns, John is the ideal reporter to dissect the important political stories as Americans begin to think about their next president,” said Sam Feist, CNN senior vice president and Washington bureau chief.  “John and his panel’s observations will give viewers a candid peek behind the week’s political headlines.”

“I’m honored to be part of bringing Inside Politics back to CNN, with a focus on ahead-of-the-curve political reporting,” said King.  “It’s a fascinating time in American politics, in Washington and across the country, and we have a remarkable group of journalists committed to sharing their reporting and their insights each week.”

The new, John King-anchored “Inside Politics” is scheduled to premiere Sunday, Feb. 2 at 8:30 a.m ET.

Behind the Scenes on Election Night At CNN

We have a pretty good idea where you guys went to watch the election results come in. And while we desperately wanted to drink as well, we got an invite we just couldn’t refuse: the Crossfire Control Room at CNN.

Sam FeistUpon arriving at the First Street NE bureau we bumped into Sam Feist, DC Bureau Chief. He ushered us into his office where we peered over his shoulder at some early election results. “This is strictly off the record, of course.” Of course.  An excited Feist launched in to an explanation of how off year election coverage differs from a general election just as CNNPolitics.com editor Bryan Monroe walked in.  Monroe grabbed a handful of Jelly Bellies from a crystal bowl before assuring Feist that CNN.com’s election interactive was primed with the first round of voter data.

Soon we were off to the control room, where Crossfire Supervising Producer David Chalian was covering for EP Rebecca Kutler.  As we watched on what seemed like hundreds of screens, Van Jones and Newt Gingrich argued amicably, and the normally sedate Donna Brazile laced into the Tea Party with uncharacteristic zeal. Digital producer Eric Weisbrod sat quietly in the front, headset on, watching the screens intently. A nod to new CNN Chief Jeff Zucker’s digital focus?  controlroom

The show wrapped to light applause, and the crowded control room emptied quickly as people scrambled to get dinner –they all had to be back for an 11:30 post-election live hour with Newt and Van. The stars of the show were in a similar mindset. We caught up with them in the hallway as Van called out, “Hey Newt, isn’t there supposed to be free food around here?” Mr. Speaker shrugged, “I think it’s on floor 9?”

In the elevator ride down, Newt, with professorial ease, opined about the state of the California Republican party. Of a Crossfire guest who shall remain nameless he said, “I’m not sure _____ is too comfortable talking about that stuff.” Newt, of course, is comfortable talking about everything. Van was upbeat, even though he just came in from California, where he spends half his time overseeing four non-profits. So upbeat in fact, that he agreed to sit down with FishbowlDC for a quick chat –after his tacos of course. More on that convo to come…

Lucky Michael Douglas Bypasses Catherine Zeta Jones Q’s at U.S. Peace Institute

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On Monday night the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington hosted the Ploughshares Fund Gala. Ploughshares Fund is a bi-partisan group aiming to put an end to the remnants of the nuclear proliferation age, and finally making the world a nuclear-free place for future generations. The gala featured prominent figures, such as Sec. of State John F. Kerry, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, former Sen. Richard Lugar, among other V.I.P.’s.

Notables:

Margaret Carlson, Bloomberg, Steve ClemonsThe Atlantic, Sally Quinn, Washington Post, Ben Ambruster, Think Progress/Center for American Progress, Ali Gharib, Open Zion/Daily Beast, Matt Duss, Think Progress/Center for American Progress, former Undersecretary of State Paula Dobriansky (she worked for George W. Bush), Tom Toles, WaPo (Cartoonist; and wife Gretchen Toles), Sam Feist, CNN, Andrew Morse, CNN, Moira Whelan, State Department, Sen. Ed Markey, Olga KhazanThe Atlantic, Josh Rogin, Daily Beast, Uri Friedman (moving this week from Foreign Policy to The Atlantic), Jean Francois-Boittin, Embassy of France, Anne Gearan, WaPo, Richard Wilhelm, Booz Allen, Jay Newton-Small, Time Magazine, Bruce Gottlieb, National Journal, Michael Powell, American Federation of Teachers, Dixon Osburn, Human Rights First, Jeremy Ben-Ami, J Street, and Warren Bass, Wall Street Journal.

The Master of Ceremonies for the night was Emmy and Academy award winning actor Michael Douglas, who’s passion for complete global nuclear disarmament has put him in the same league as some of the most powerful people in the world who are not actor (beat that, Clooney).

Whose speech outshined the rest at this anti-nuke open-bar gala soiree?

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