ABC News has announced the departure of the network’s senior Washington, D.C., correspondent. News division President James Goldston circulated a memo to staffers announcing that Jeff Zeleny is leaving the network.
“For the past two years, he’s contributed greatly as our Senior Washington Correspondent covering politics and Congress, including his thoughtful coverage of the 2014 election and 16-day government shutdown,” Goldston wrote in the memo. “He scored ‘This Week’ exclusives with Senators Al Franken and Tim Scott and had revealing interviews with Ann Romney and Rep. Aaron Schock, among others.”
Zeleny was reportedly headed to CNN to become senior Washington correspondent. He was expected to join the cable channel later this month.
Zeleny was hired by ABC News in February 2013 after covering politics for The New York Times.
Goldston’s memo also mentions other changes for the news unit. “Cecilia Vega and Tom Llamas already have joined our expanding team reporting on the 2016 election,” he notes in the memo, adding: “We will make more announcements about our election coverage in due course as we enter this exciting political cycle.”