Caitlin Conant has been named Political Director of CBS News. She begins her new role Monday, April 9, and will based in Washington, D.C. Conant will report directly to CBS News Vice President and Bureau Chief Christopher Isham and help guide the network’s political and campaign coverage.
Conant moves to her role from her current position as Executive Director of Communications for CBS News in Washington. Her responsibilities include managing the communications and media relations for the Washington, D.C. Bureau and its correspondents. She currently works with Face The Nation moderator Margaret Brennan and executive producer Mary Hager on editorial planning and strategic branding. Conant serves as the principal spokesperson on political, polling and press access matters, and works on political and Capitol Hill outreach for the Washington Bureau. Conant also helped plan and execute CBS News’ earned media strategy during the 2016 election cycle.
Conant joined CBS News in May 2016, in the midst of the presidential election campaign. Prior to joining CBS News, Conant spent eight years working in the U.S. Senate and on various political campaigns. Conant most recently worked for Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) presidential campaign where she directed regional press and surrogate communications. Prior to that, she served as communications director for Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH). Conant also served as a communications advisor for Joni Ernst’s (R-IA) U.S. Senate campaign; press secretary for Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC); deputy press secretary for Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s (R-MN) presidential campaign, and legislative correspondent for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). Conant got her start in politics right after college while working for McCain’s presidential campaign in 2008.
“Caitlin’s background in national politics and her experience here at CBS News give her the strengths and perspectives to be a superb political director – we are all very excited that she will be leading our political coverage as we head into what will certainly be a fascinating and challenging political cycle,” said Isham.