ABC News is adding New York Times political reporter Jeff Zeleny to its lineup of correspondents. Zeleny will be covering Congress and politics for ABC. As ABC News president Ben Sherwood noted in an email to ABC staff this morning, Zeleny routinely breaks big news stories at the Times.
Earlier this month Jeff revealed that Karl Rove is starting a new group to focus on recruiting seasoned Republican candidates to run in the next round of Congressional races – a story that drove the news cycle for days. During the 2012 campaign he broke the news that President Obama would support a Democratic Super PAC, a reversal from his strongly held position in 2008.
Zeleny may not be the only Timeser to be heading to ABC News. Politico’s Dylan Byers also reports that Susan Saulny is also having discussions with ABC, though Times editor Jill Abramson notes that they are interested in keeping their talent in-house of they can.
Sherwood’s note is after the jump.