CNN announced a major shake-up of their team that covers the White House on Monday.
CNN’s chief White House correspondent since 2018, Jim Acosta will take on a new role as chief domestic correspondent, and will anchor on weekends. He will be replaced by Kaitlan Collins as chief White House correspondent. Phil Mattingly will become senior White House correspondent.
Acosta has been a frequent target for Donald Trump and other members of his administration who labels members of the press as the ‘enemy of the people’. In 2018, Acosta’s press pass was revoked by the White House after a heated exchange between him and Donald Trump.
The network also announce that Jake Tapper’s weekday show ‘The Lead’ will be extending by an hour and will air from 4-6 which means Wolf Blitzer’s ‘The Situation Room’ will be cut short by an hour. Tapper will also share his Sunday morning show, State of the Union, with Dana Bash. They will each host two Sundays for the month.
Abby Phillips will host John King’s show Inside Politics on Sundays which airs at 8 a.m. King will remain as host during weekdays.
Pamela Brown, will anchor a three-hour edition of CNN Newsroom on Saturday and Sunday nights from 6-9 p.m.
Jeff Zeleny has been named chief national affairs correspondent and will also cover the first year of the Biden White House, the network said. Manu Raju has been named the network’s chief Congressional correspondent.
The changes are effective January 20th.