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Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody to CNN

Betsy Rothstein Gossip blogger
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Yahoo! NewsChris Moody is taking his “off-beat” reporting methods to CNN.

As most know, during the August recess he went surfing with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and dirt biking with Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.). In August, 2013, he went running with bulls in Virginia. Another brave moment: He once spaced out during a conference call with ex-Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) concerning marijuana policy. Now that could easily suffice as putting your life at risk.

The news was first reported this morning in Politico Playbook.

Moody’s new title: senior digital correspondent.

Before Yahoo! News Moody worked at The Daily Caller. He showed up to Washington with no job and slept on a friend’s couch before landing at think tank and ultimately TheDC.

Another move to CNN: The Hill‘s campaign reporter Alexandra Jaffe.

Still working on getting that release from CNN.

Apparently the network’s publicity department is handling this on a need to know basis.

UPDATE: CNN does have a release after all.


I’m thrilled to announce two more additions to the digital politics team.

Chris Moody will be a senior digital correspondent who brings his distinctive, off-beat brand of political coverage to CNN. He knows how to coax politicians to show a different side of themselves, whether that’s getting Rep. Tulsi Gabbard to surf in Hawaii or Rep. Tim Griffin to ride a dirt bike in Arkansas. As David Chalian says, Chris is a “differentiator who simply doesn’t believe in commodity coverage, a true collaborator and incredibly nice guy.”

He joins us on Oct. 27, and we’re delighted to have him with us in time for the midterm elections.

Alexandra Jaffe is the latest addition to our breaking news team. She is a fast-rising star at The Hill, where she covers campaigns. Alex will join us soon after the midterms.

Also, please join me in welcoming a previously announced hire: Jeff Simon returns to CNN today as a video producer for the digital team after a stint at The Washington Post. We’re happy to have him back with the CNN family.

More exciting news to come.

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