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CNN is making significant changes to its Washington D.C. lineup ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration.
For starters, The Lead with Jake Tapper will expand to two hours airing from 4-6 p.m. with The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer being cut down to one hour, from 6-7 p.m. Blitzer “will also have a principal anchor role for all major breaking news and continue to host CNN special reports,” CNN says, while Tapper will be the lead anchor for all Washington events.
CNN has also named Dana Bash co-anchor of its Sunday public affairs show State of the Union. Bash will split the anchor duties with Tapper.
White House correspondent Jim Acosta will leave that beat and become anchor and chief domestic correspondent. He will primarily anchor on the weekends. Kaitlin Collins will become chief White House correspondent, with Phil Mattingly becoming senior White House correspondent. Arlette Saenz, Jeremy Diamond, John Harwood, MJ Lee and Kate Bennett will all be correspondents covering the White House for CNN, with Kevin Liptak and Jasmine Wright joining the team as well.
Correspondent Abby Phillip will anchor Inside Politics from 8-9 a.m. on Sundays. John King, who currently anchors that hour, will continue to anchor the weekday edition of that program at noon. Pamela Brown will anchor CNN Newsroom from 6-9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Elsewhere, CNN has named Jeff Zeleny chief national affairs correspondent, Joe Johns senior Washington correspondent and Manu Raju chief congressional correspondent.
It is not unusual for cable news channel to change up their lineups and correspondent rosters timed to new administrations.
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