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CNN’s Sam Feist is being promoted to Washington bureau chief and senior vice president, overseeing the daily operations of the bureau and programming from D.C.

He succeeds David Bohrman, who was named senior VP and chief innovation officer in March.

Feist has been political director and VP of Washington programming since January, 2009. Before that, he was political director and senior executive producer during the 2006 midterm elections and the 2008 presidential race. Among other things, he coordinated and produced nine presidential debates in the last presidential cycle. He started as a freelance producer in CNN’s London bureau in 1990, and joined the network full time in Atlanta the next year. He moved to the Washington bureau during the 1992 campaign.