Sam Feist, political director and vice president for CNN’s D.C. programming, has been named Washington, D.C. bureau chief and senior vice president of the network. The promotion, though somewhat prolonged, isn’t exactly surprising. Feist has been the favored candidate by CNN insiders since since David Bohrman’s reassignment was announced over two months ago.
“I couldn’t be more excited to take on this new role and build on the great journalism and the tremendous expertise of the CNN Washington bureau,” Feist said in a statement. “It is not only one of the largest news bureaus in the world, it is undoubtedly one of the finest. Leading this outstanding team at a time of dynamic change in our industry is invigorating and humbling.”
Feist has been with CNN since he joined the Atlanta bureau full-time in 1991. During the 1992 presidential campaign, he moved to the Washington where he has held a number of positions including associate producer, producer, senior producer and assignment editor. As political director and senior executive producer of political coverage through the 2006 midterm and 2008 presidential elections, Feist oversaw political coverage for “America Votes 2008” and The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, the weekday program he helped conceptualize and launch. In the 2008 election cycle, Feist coordinated and produced CNN’s nine presidential primary debates as well as the network’s record-breaking primary, caucus and convention coverage that earned the network a Peabody Award. Feist was also instrumental in the “America Votes 2006” coverage of the midterm elections that earned the network an Emmy Award.
Feist will assume his role effective immediately. Congrats to Sam!