Jessica Yellin Named CNN Chief White House Correspondent

She replaces Ed Henry who left CNN last week for Fox News.

NEW YORK - Jessica Yellin has been named chief White House correspondent for CNN, effective immediately. The announcement came Tuesday from Sam Feist, Washington bureau chief and senior vp.

Since Yellin joined CNN in 2007 as a Capitol Hill correspondent her star has steadily risen. She was promoted to national political correspondent in 2009.

“Jessica Yellin has emerged as one of the leading political reporters in Washington, ” said Feist in a statement. “Jessica’s assertiveness along with her clever insight made her one of the top reporters of the 2008 campaign and has already set her apart in her reporting on the 2012 campaign.”

Yellin replaces Ed Henry who left CNN last week for Fox News.

“This is a dream assignment,” added Yellin. “I’m honored CNN is putting its faith in me and humbled by the responsibility of covering the White House during these challenging times and as we head into an election.”

Yellin is an L.A. native, having attended Crossroads and Harvard-Westlake schools. She also went to Harvard University.