Ex-Salon.com reporter, ex-Talk columnist inked

As the networks staff up for the 2004 presidential election, ABC News announced Monday that it has brought on journalist Jake Tapper as a Washington correspondent.

Tapper, part of an up-and-coming generation of political reporters, most recently was national correspondent for Salon.com. He also was a columnist for Tina Brown’s now-defunct Talk magazine and has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, GQ and the Weekly Standard. He’s also been a frequent commentator on CNN.

In addition to covering political and national affairs, Tapper has reported on pop culture, hosting the Sundance Channel’s “24 Frame News.” Last year, he was a correspondent for a series of VH1 news specials.

‘Thoughtful reporting’

“Jake has distinguished himself with thoughtful reporting and important political journalism throughout his career,” ABC News prexy David Westin said.

Based out of ABC’s Washington bureau, Tapper will have a wide range of assignments, Westin said.

Elsewhere, NBC evening news anchor Tom Brokaw on Monday began airing a series of reports from Baghdad, some 100 days after President Bush declared combat over. Segs will air through the week on “Nightly News.” Brokaw also will provide an in-depth report for “Dateline NBC” to air Friday.

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