CNN has named Eric Sherling director of Washington programming. Sam Feist, CNN Washington Bureau Chief and Senior VP, announced the news today. Sherling rejoins CNN after serving as executive broadcast producer of Good Morning America at ABC News.
In this role, he will oversee Washington political programming. This means everything from The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer to John King, USA to State of the Union with Candy Crowley and Reliable Sources. Sherling will also play a lead role in CNN’s special campaign coverage that includes debates, primary nights, and Election night programming.
“We are delighted to welcome Eric back to Washington and to the CNN family,” said Feist. “His experience speaks for itself. He’ll be an invaluable asset as the network heads into the 2012 election cycle.”
His past is full of awards: Sherling first joined CNN in 2000 as a producer in the network’s Atlanta headquarters and rose to become executive producer of Wolf Blitzer Reports in Washington. He served as supervising producer of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer when it launched in August 2005, later becoming executive producer of that program. Sherling began his career in television news as a producer at WTVQ in Lexington, Ky. and WFLA-TV in Tampa, Fla. Sherling earned his bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Ithaca College and graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center.