Jake Tapper
Chief Washington Correspondent, CNN
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A prolific journalist and writer, Jake Tapper’s work has been lauded by such legendary newsmen Bob Woodward as “Brilliant, dedicated reporting by a journalist who goes to ground to get the truth.” Currently serving as the chief Washington correspondent and daily news anchor for CNN, Tapper has been a widely-respected reporter in the nation’s capital for over 14 years. Prior to joining CNN, Tapper was the senior white house correspondent at ABC News and served as ABC News’ senior political correspondent during the 2008 elections. A stalwart fixture in Washington, Tapper has earned the coveted Merriman Smith Award for presidential coverage from the White House Correspondents’ Association an unprecedented three consecutive times. In addition to his journalistic work, Tapper has authored several books with his most recent book, The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, about U.S. troops in Afghanistan, having debuted in the top 10 New York Times bestseller list.

In his still expanding career, Tapper has reported on a wide range of stories, including the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the investigation into the disclosure of CIA agent Valerie Plame’s identity, both wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the debate over Terri Schiavo.

During the 2004 Presidential election, Tapper reported on charges by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth against Sen. John Kerry and also manned the Fact Check desk during ABC News’ debate and election coverage. He also reported on the California gubernatorial recall and the election of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

During his near-decade long tenure at ABC News, Tapper has served as a substitute anchor on Nightline and the Weekend edition of Good Morning America, and contributed a report to a broadcast of World News Tonight with Peter Jennings that won the 2005 Edward R. Murrow award for best network newscast.

Prior to ABC News, he was the national correspondent for Salon.com, writing on a range of topics from political profiles to the accounting scandal at Enron. Tapper was also a columnist for TALK Magazine and has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and The Weekly Standard, among many other publications. He was a frequent contributor to National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and his work was included in The Best American Political Writing 2002.

Tapper has also frequently reported on American popular culture, including interviews with Tiger Woods, Donald Trump, Don Cheadle, Michael Moore and Steve Jobs. He was the host of The Sundance Channel’s 24 Frame News in 2003 and he was the correspondent for a series of VH1 news specials in 2002.

Prior to his latest book, The Outpost, Tapper authored Down and Dirty: The Plot to Steal the Presidency, a look into the Florida recount and Body Slam: The Jesse Ventura Story. Tapper’s political comic strip, “Capitol Hell” appeared in Roll Call from 1994 until 2003.

Tapper began his journalism career as a senior writer for Washington City Paper and won a Society of Professional Journalists award for his work there. Tapper is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College.

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