Chris Frates has joined the CNN Investigations Unit:

Frates will be based in Washington, DC, and will be part of the CNN Investigations unit. The Investigations unit produces exclusive, in-depth reports for all CNN platforms and programs, and has been honored with dozens of awards for its breaking news coverage. Frates will report to Patricia DiCarlo, director of the CNN Investigations unit, and will begin his new assignment in October. Most recently, Frates served as a national correspondent at the National Journal, where he covered congressional leadership and the intersection of money, politics and policy. While at the National Journal, Frates founded and managed Influence Alley, a blog that covered the ties between Congress and K Street. Prior to joining the National Journal, Frates served as a reporter at Politico, where he launched and authored Politico Influence and Politico Pulse, daily emails that brief readers on the lobbying world and health care reform, respectively. He also covered health care reform during the passage and debate of the 2010 health care reform law. Frates started his journalism career with The Denver Post and covered the Colorado legislature.