John King gets a bump up, too


David Gregory is getting the love, but also deserving of kudos + congrats is a URI grad and one-time staffer of the AP office in Providence, CNN's John King.

From Politico:

CNN plans to announce this week that chief national correspondent John King will replace Wolf Blitzer as host of "Late Edition," the network's Sunday newsmaker show, network sources said.

The network plans a Monday rollout, in part to step on some of the hoopla over NBC's formal announcement Sunday that David Gregory will be the new moderator of "Meet the Press."

"Late Edition" will be getting an overhaul, and probably a new name. Its backbone will still be newsmaker interviews, but it also will have some new features that bring a bit of fun to the timeslot, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Blitzer will continue to anchor the weeknight "Situation Room" from 4 to 7 Eastern each weeknight.

The change gives Blitzer a more reasonable workload and provides a star vehicle for King, age 44, who became a viewer favorite during campaign coverage - in part because of his "magic board," formally a Multi-Touch Collaboration Wall.

One of King's early reporting coups came in 1992, when he was chief political correspondent for The Associated Press and broke the news that Bill Clinton had chosen Al Gore as his running mate.

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