Amy Walter to join ABC News

Media vet will oversee political coverage beginning Aug. 16

NEW YORK -- Amy Walter is ABC News' new political director, effective Aug. 16, the network said Monday.

She joins the broadcast network from National Journal's "The Hotline," which she oversaw as editor-in-chief.

Based in Washington, Walter will oversee all political coverage on ABC and, including ABC's "The Note." She will also provide on-air analysis on ABC News programs, including "World News with Diane Sawyer," "Good Morning America," "Nightline," "This Week with Christiane Amanpour," as well as ABC News Radio and ABC News Now.

"ABC News' longstanding commitment to political coverage will be enhanced with the addition of Amy Walter at the helm," said ABC News president David Westin. "We are fortunate to have one of the country's top political forecasters and analysts on our team."

Walter has also been a regular contributor to PBS' "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" and has appeared on CNN, C-SPAN, CBS' "Face the Nation," NBC's "Meet the Press" and HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher." She was a member of CNN's election night team in 2006.