Roberts Named CNN Washington Correspondent

Feb 1, 2006  •  Post A Comment

CNN has hired John Roberts as a senior national correspondent working out of Washington, the company announced Wednesday.

Mr. Roberts will report on a wide range of stories coming out of Washington and will contribute to programs throughout the network. He starts Feb. 20.

Mr. Roberts comes to the cable network after six years as CBS News’ White House correspondent. He has been with CBS since the early 1990s after working 10 years as a news reporter and anchor in Canada.

Mr. Roberts was considered a contender to replace Dan Rather on “CBS Evening News,” but many saw his chances for that post decline as time passed without a new anchor being announced. Bob Schieffer has served as interim anchor since Mr. Rather’s departure, and CBS is said to be pursuing NBC’s Katie Couric to fill the position.