Jim Scuitto the former ABC News foreign correspondent who left the news business less than two years ago, is joining CNN, TVNewser has learned. An announcement on his role is to be announced later today from CNN’s Washington Bureau.
Sciutto departed ABC News in 2011 after 13 years with the network, spent mostly in international hotspots. He left the business altogether moving to Beijing where he was Chief of Staff to U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke. Walking away from news “will be really difficult, even for a couple of years,” Sciutto told TVNewser in January 2012. “I love the business. It’s the only job I’ve done for nearly 20 years. I still consider it a mission.”
Sciutto has reported from Iraq, Afghanistan and Russia and defied government restrictions to report from Myanmar, Zimbabwe and Iran. In 2008 Sciutto wrote about the perception of America in the Middle East in his book “Against Us.”
Confirmed: Sciutto will be CNN’s Chief National Security Correspondent. Press release after the jump…