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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

ABC's John Berman Joins CNN

John Berman Joins CNN as an Anchor of Morning Show "Early Start"
Berman to Also Contribute Reports to CNN Programs Across the Day

John Berman, who served as a correspondent for ABC News and regular contributor to Good Morning America, joins CNN as an anchor of the morning program Early Start and will contribute reports to various CNN programs including The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, it was announced by Ken Jautz, executive vice president of CNN.

CNN’s Early Start, which premiered on January 2, 2012 with hosts Ashleigh Banfield and Zoraida Sambolin, airs weekdays at 5 am to 7 am, ET/PT.

“We are so fortunate to have this talented and seasoned journalist join our morning show and become a regular presence on our air throughout the day. John is a skilled reporter with a passion and personality that shine through, whether he’s covering the political season or his beloved Red Sox,” said Jautz.

“John is an exceptional journalist who brings with him the perspective of having covered many of the last two decades most significant stories. His coverage of the past four Presidential elections, experience as an embedded journalist in Iraq, on-site reporting during the 2006 war in Lebanon, plus his pop culture interest and acumen, make him a strong asset to our team,” said Mark Whitaker, CNN Worldwide executive vice president and managing editor.

“It is a pleasure to join the prestigious global news leader CNN. I am looking forward to being a part of the morning team and to contributing across CNN's lineup,” said Berman.

Berman joined ABC News in 1995 and was head writer for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings from 1997 to 1999. During that time he traveled with Jennings to cover the Columbine school shooting in Colorado and to Cuba for Pope John Paul II’s historic visit. Berman was part of the World News Tonight team recognized with a 2004 Edward R. Murrow award for best broadcast.

In addition to his coverage of the presidential election seasons from 2000 through 2012, Berman reported on the Indian Ocean tsunami from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, and the steroids scandal in American sports. He has also served as regular contributor to World News with Diane Sawyer, 20/20, Nightline, and A native of Carlisle, Mass., Berman graduated from Harvard University, where he was president of Hasty Pudding Theatricals.
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Anonymous said...

So CNN is going on a hiring spree. Now, Let's
see if they will hire young up and comers like
Conor Knighton, Jason Silva, Max Lugavere,
Marianna Van Zeller, Adam Yamaguci, Christof
Putzel, Brett Erlich , Angela Sun and other all
platform journos that Current TV let go. CNN
could use some updated styles of reporting &
presentation. So what will CNN do to fix Starting
Point. Cancel breakfast with pundits. No more
pundits CNN. The network is so to catch on to
news. Wolf Blitzer has just figured out that
Donald Trump sounds ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

George Mark Paul Stroumboulopoulos are 4 words
we are hoping to hear in any future CNN press
releases on new hires.

John Berman has some really good reports for GMA.
Could it be CNN is looking to be more like GMA in
the morning ? It would have to mean a format
change for Early Start. Maybe CNN will bring back
Betty Nguyen in the mornings too. She recently
exited CBS.

Anonymous said...

Does this mean there will be three Early Start hosts? Early Start is not really the morning problem for CNN mornings, it's Starting Point. CNN needs to be completely revamped, especially the current failed morning. Zoraida Sambolin needs to go, she is just too boring.

Anonymous said...

It's being reported that meteorologists Renyolds Wolf and Jacqui Jeras were let go from CNN, but Rob Marciano and Chad Myers were left to stay. Not sure why CNN chose to let them go now, especially with Hurricane Season upon us. I'm glad Rob is still with CNN, but they should have kept Jacqui instead of Chad. Glad Renyolds is gone, he's too cocky.

Anonymous said...

When does he start?

Anonymous said...

Is it me or did nightline seem upset about Berman's exit.

Anonymous said...

Nightline took a parting shot after Berman's last report.

Anonymous said...

John Berman needs to take over Starting Point.
The snow is now getting fewer viewers than
Squawk Box on CNBC. Wake up.

Strombo should have gotten the gig in the 1st
place and ladies news show should replace Out

Anonymous said...

John Berman is boring and stiff. Bring TJ back please!!!