Jake Tapper out at ABC, headed to CNN

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Jake Tapper is leaving ABC and is reportedly taking a “new anchor role” at CNN, according to a release detailing an email from ABC News President Ben Sherwood to the news division.

The move by Tapper, who recently made waves for his tough questioning of the Obama administration in the White House briefing room, was announced in a Thursday afternoon release:

Jake is leaving ABC News for an opportunity at CNN. You’ll hear more about his new anchor role from his new network. For years, Jake has set the pace for the White House press corps. A ferocious reporter – and now a best-selling author – he has built a reputation as one of the most prolific and multi-talented journalists on the beat, scoring scoop after scoop. For the last three years his fellow White House correspondents have honored his work with a streak of Merriman Smith Awards for Presidential Coverage under Deadline Pressure.

Please join me in congratulating Jon and Martha and wishing Jake the best.

A subsequent release by CNN said Tapper will be the chief Washington correspondent and will anchor a noon network program beginning in 2013.

“We are thrilled to have Jake join CNN and take the helm of a brand new weekday program,” Ken Jautz, executive vice president of CNN/US said in a release. “Jake is an exceptional reporter and communicator, and we look forward to developing a program that takes advantage of all of his strengths, his passion and his knowledge of national issues and events.”

Jonathan Karl will be the ABC’s new chief White House correspondent, with Martha Raddatz “taking on an expanded role as chief global affairs correspondent” at the network.

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