Pre-eminent political journalist Jeff Zeleny has been named CNN Senior Washington Correspondent, the CNN Washington bureau chief said this morning. Zeleny, based in Washington, D.C., will report on air and frequently write for CNN Politics Digital. He joins CNN from ABC News where he was their senior Washington correspondent since 2013. Prior to ABC News, Zeleny was the esteemed national political correspondent for The New York Times.
Meanwhile, ABC News has not yet announced his replacement this morning — a rare instance of ABC News being left in any way flatfooted. As a rule, ABC News upstages departures of this sort with its own announcement as to who is replacing.
ABC News chief James Goldston memo to staff this morning:
I’m writing with news that Jeff Zeleny is leaving ABC News.
For the past two years, he’s contributed greatly as our Senior Washington Correspondent covering politics and Congress, including his thoughtful coverage of the 2014 election and 16-day government shutdown. He scored “This Week” exclusives with Senators Al Franken and Tim Scott and had revealing interviews with Ann Romney and Rep. Aaron Schock, among others.
As we announced yesterday, Cecilia Vega and Tom Llamas already have joined our expanding team reporting on the 2016 election. And we will make more announcements about our election coverage in due course as we enter this exciting political cycle.
In the meantime, please join me in thanking Jeff and wishing him the best of luck on this new adventure.