NBC Washington Bureau Chief Mark Whitaker is leaving the network for an executive role at CNN. Whitaker, who took the reins of NBC’s Washington Bureau following the death of Tim Russert, has been named executive vice president and managing editor for all CNN Worldwide brands. The New York- based position will place Whitaker at the helm of CNN, CNN International, HLN and the websites, effective February 14, 2011.
“Our aim is to position a strong managing editor, working closely with the head of each CNN network and Web site, to generate reporting and analysis that consistently stands out, sparks conversation and captures the true meaning and relevance of the events in the news,” said CNN Worldwide President Jim Walton. “Mark is a distinguished journalist and news executive who is experienced in leading large enterprises, and I am pleased that he will help direct our long-term editorial approach and strategy.”
Before joining NBC in May 2007 as senior vice president, Whitaker was vice president and editor-in-chief of new ventures in the digital division of The Washington Post Company. He was editor of Newsweek from 1998 to 2006, during which time the magazine won more top editorial awards and nominations than at any time in its history, including four National Magazine Awards for coverage of the attacks of September 11, the Iraq War, the Monica Lewinsky scandal and the 2004 elections.
See Whitaker’s FishbowlDC Interview from April of 2009 here.