Dana Bash, a longtime CNN correspondent who has worked at the Time Warner-owned outlet since 1993, has been named the cable-news network’s chief political correspondent — the first time CNN has filled the post since Candy Crowley departed CNN at the end of 2014.
Bash had been CNN’s chief congressional correspondent, and will continue to take the lead for the network’s coverage of Capitol Hill, according to a memo from Sam Feist and Virginia Moseley, the executives who supervise CNN’s Washington Bureau.
Bash will take the lead in CNN’s coverage of the Republican field of candidates for the nomination in the 2016 election for U.S. president and will serve as a “prominent player in CNN’s election night coverage,” according to the memo. Brianna Keilar covers the Democratic candidates.
Bash will also take part in the questioning of Republican candidates when CNN hosts a debate from the Reagan Library on September 16. CNN’s Jake Tapper will moderate that debate, while Bash and Hugh Hewitt, a radio talk show host, will ask questions.
Bash has a long history with Washington, D.C., news coverage. She started with CNN as a library assistant in 1993, moving on to become an associate producer and producer of weekend programs like “Evans & Novak” and “Late Edition. She moved on to do work as an assignment editor and producer for Capitol Hill coverage, and then became a correspondent covering Congress and the White House.
She graduated cum laude with her bachelor’s degree in political communications from George Washington University.