PBS NewsHour Adds Emmy-Winning Journalist

Ex-CNNer Bob Kovach joins as senior producer for politics.

Big week for NewsHour’s newsroom.

Only two days after announcing the promotions of 5 staffers — including Lisa Desjardins as political director — the evening news program announced another big move within its politics team.

PBS NewsHour has hired former CNNer Bob Kovach as senior producer for politics, per a press release on Thursday.

“As the 2016 election cycle ramps up, we are so happy to have Bob joining our team. He shares the NewsHour’s commitment to covering politics and elections with depth, balance and curiosity,” said Sara Just, executive producer of PBS NewsHour and WETA senior vice president, in the announcement. “Bob’s experience further compliments our strong political team, including Political Director Lisa Desjardins. I am looking forward to what this team will do on air and online and especially with our upcoming partnership with NPR and the political conventions. It’s going to be quite a year.”

Kovach, who spent 24 years with CNN, spent several of those serving as their Washington coverage manager, as well as executive producer of Capital Gang. Most recently, he coordinated all Washington-based coverage for Al Jazeera America, serving as their senior executive producer until 2014.

“I am thrilled to be joining the talented journalists at PBS NewsHour and excited to be part of this outstanding team that will lead in coverage of the 2016 presidential election,” added Kovach.

He will officially join Newshour starting July 13.