CNN ups Sam Feist

He becomes vp of Washington-based programming

NEW YORK -- CNN has promoted network veteran Sam Feist to the position of vp of Washington-based programming.

Feist had been political director , senior executive producer of political coverage between 2006 and 2008, and a key element in assembling and carrying out CNN's political coverage. He was also a big part of the creation of "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

Now he'll be in charge of all programming out of Washington, D.C., including "The Situation Room" and the new Sunday block called "State of the Union with John King." He'll also retain his role as political director and continue to report to David Bohrman, CNN's Washington bureau chief and senior vp.

"Sam's enthusiasm for solid, innovative television makes him a natural fit to lead the Washington bureau's programming as we prepare to cover the new administration and Congress," Bohrman said.

Before that, Feist was in charge of production of "Inside Politics" and "Crossfire," executive producer of "Wolf Blitzer Reports," "Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer," "The Capital Gang" and "Evans & Novak." He joined CNN in 1991 and has a degree from Vanderbilt University and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.