CNN Poaches Top Political Correspondent from ABC News in Preparation for 2016 Election

Jeff Zeleny to join the network as senior Washington correspondent this month.

Jeff Zeleny, a prominent political reporter for ABC News and The New York Times, is joining CNN as senior Washington correspondent. 

Zeleny, who served as The New York Times's lead political correspondent during the 2012 presidential campaign, is joining CNN's ranks as the network prepares for the run-up to the 2016 election. He will be based in Washington, D.C., and will report both on air and online for the network, which is led by former NBC Universal CEO and noted political news junkie Jeff Zucker

Zeleny was most recently the senior Washington correspondent at CNN rival ABC News. His political coverage credentials stretch back more than a decade and include extensive reporting on the administrations of both President George W. Bush and President Obama. While at the Chicago Tribune, Zeleny was part of a reporting team that won a Pulitzer Prize in explanatory journalism for its coverage of gridlock in the nation's air traffic control system.