CNN contributor (and now former) Daily Beast editor-in-chief John Avlon has joined CNN full-time as a fill-in anchor and senior political analyst, effective June 25, based out of the network’s New York bureau.
The network notes he will “have a daily presence on CNN’s morning program New Day,” which he had been doing unofficially for a period of time.
Avlon will also lend his talents in an advisory role to the digital leadership team, according to CNN.
In a statement, he said, “I’ve loved leading The Daily Beast newsroom, but after five years, it’s time for a new challenge. I am looking forward to joining CNN full time and becoming part of such a great independent global news organization. This is the best time to be a journalist, and the work CNN does to put ‘facts first’ is more important than ever before. I am thrilled to have this opportunity.”