CNN has added former White House press secretary Mike McCurry and Tony Blankley, former press secretary to Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, to its team of analysts for Election 2000 coverage as part of a larger series of changes to its staff covering the White House.
McCurry and Blankley will join a group of political analysts led by Jeff Greenfield and Bill Schneider for presidential campaign coverage, which will consist of longform specials, daily reporting and live coverage of conventions and primaries.
Among staff developments on the reporting side, John King has been upped from White House correspondent to senior White House correspondent; Chris Black has been made congressional correspondent; and Major Garrett has been tapped White House correspondent.
“With these promotions and additions to our Washington-based reporting teams, we solidify our position as the definitive source for breaking news and analysis in the nation’s capital and election 2000,” said senior CNN senior VP and Washington D.C. bureau chief Frank Sesno.
King was chief political corespondent for the Associated Press before joining CNN in 1997. Black moved to CNN in 1998 from her position as Pentagon and congressional reporter at the Boston Globe. Garrett has worked as congressional reporter for U.S. News and World Report and the Washington Times.