CNN is giving chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto an opportunity to see what he can do in the anchor’s chair. Network president Jeff Zucker announced Tuesday morning that Sciutto will join Poppy Harlow as co-anchor of the morning news show CNN Newsroom.
Sciutto will replace John Berman, who was shifted to the early-morning show New Day after the show’s co-anchor, Chris Cuomo, was given a primetime slot.
He will begin co-anchoring the two-hour show on Sept. 17, but will maintain his role as chief national security correspondent.
“Sciutto will bring his extensive experience covering the intelligence community, foreign policy and the Department of Defense, including more than a decade as a foreign correspondent based overseas, to the New York-based program alongside Harlow,” the network said in an announcement.
“I’m excited and honored to join my colleague @PoppyHarlowCNN as co-anchor of @CNNnewsroom starting next week,” he wrote on Twitter. “We have a world of news to cover at home and abroad.”
In late July, Sciutto co-authored a story about Trump fixer Michael Cohen, “Cohen claims Trump knew in advance of 2016 Trump Tower meeting,” that drew criticism after Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, revealed that he was an anonymous source for the story.
Some CNN critics attacked Sciutto’s credibility and pointed to his role as chief of staff and senior adviser to U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke during the Obama administration. Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt referred to Sciutto as an “Obama staffer” on air.