Jake Tapper is the new SOTU anchor

Jake Tapper will be the new anchor of State of the Union, according to the network. He will continue in his role as Chief Washington correspondent and anchor The Lead weekdays. He will take over the Sunday program in June.

In a prepared statement, Tapper said, “I couldn’t be more excited about this election season and the new platform I will have at CNN to cover it. ‘State Of The Union’ has a rich tradition and I hope to not only build on its history but expand the definition of what a Sunday show can be.” He went on to thank Zucker “for the confidence he continues to show in me and to my colleagues at CNN for the incredible support on air and off that I’ve received since beginning this adventure two years ago.”

According to media reporter Brian Stelter, Zucker announced it this morning on the network’s editorial call. “I am thrilled that Jake will take on this additional role at such a pivotal time in the election cycle,” Zucker said in a statement. “He has the perfect combination of skills that make him uniquely qualified — he’s a relentless reporter, a gifted storyteller, and a terrific interviewer who doesn’t stop until he gets answers. We are lucky to have him on both ‘The Lead’ and ‘State of the Union.'”

Tapper has been with the network since 2013.

(H/t Brian Stelter)

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