Political reporter Jeff Zeleny has left ABC News to join CNN as its senior Washington correspondent, just as many news outlets are gearing up coverage of the runup to the 2016 elections for U.S. President.
Zeleny, based in Washington, D.C., will report on air and will frequently write for CNN Politics Digital. He joins CNN this month.
He joins CNN from ABC News, where he was served as senior Washington correspondent since 2013. He reported extensively on the 2014 midterm elections and the Republican Party as it gained control of the U.S. Senate. He also reported from Ferguson, Missouri, covering the protests in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting.
Prior to ABC News, Zeleny was the national political correspondent for The New York Times. He was the paper’s lead reporter during the 2012 presidential election and covered Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign to the White House. Zeleny also covered the first two years of the Obama administration as a White House correspondent, traveling across the country and the world. He also covered Congress for the paper. He has also worked for the Chicago Tribune and the Des Moines Register.
ABC News Monday named Cecilia Vega and Tom Llamas to its 2016 election team, and “will make more announcements about our election coverage in due course as we enter this exciting political cycle,” James Goldston, president of the unit, said in a memo to staffers Tuesday.