Halperin Becomes ABC News Political Analyst

Mar 21, 2007  •  Post A Comment

Mark Halperin trades his job of 10 years, political director of ABC News, for a role as political analyst at least through the 2008 election. Mr. Halperin will be succeeded by David Chalian, who was named deputy political editor in 2005.

In an e-mail to the division’s staff today, ABC News President David Westin said Mr. Halperin had asked for an assignment that would give him more time to write “perhaps another book or possibly for a publication.”

“Mark has groomed an entire generation of outstanding political reporters,” Mr. Westin said. “I’m pleased to say that our new political director will be one of the best and brightest of them, our own David Chalian. David began his career at ABC News in 2003 after covering city and state politics at [local cable news channel] New York 1. At ABC News, David has distinguished himself and our news organization reporting on the California recall in 2003; the entire 2004 presidential cycle from Iowa to Election Night; and the 2006 midterms. David is deeply involved in every aspect of our political coverage and planning for 2008.”

Mr. Halperin joined ABC News as a desk assistant in 1988 and became Peter Jennings’ researcher for New York. He founded and edited The Note, the political briefing ABC News publishes weekdays.

(Editor: Horowitz)