Dana Bash Named CNN’s Chief Political Correspondent

She will also participate in CNN's Reagan Library debate next month.

Dana Bash has been promoted to the highly-touted position of chief political correspondent, CNN President Jeff Zucker announced Monday morning.

Bash began her CNN career as a library assistant in their DC bureau back in 1993, most recently serving as the network’s chief congressional correspondent. She will assume Candy Crowley‘s former role as chief political correspondent, who departed from CNN back in December.

“Dana is one of the best examples of a true CNN success story,” wrote CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist and Washington deputy bureau chief Virginia Moseley in a staff memo. “Her career is an extraordinary example of how hard work and great news instincts can take you almost anywhere in journalism.”

“Over the last 20 years, there are few people at CNN who have worked harder or done more for this news organization than Dana Bash,” continued Feist and Moseley. “She is tireless, fearless, and 100 percent committed to outstanding journalism. But more important, she is one of our greatest colleagues – beloved by everyone from the field crews to the show producers.”

CNN also announced that Bash will participate in next month’s Republican primary debate at the Reagan Library. She will join radio host Hugh Hewitt in asking additional questions to the candidates, along side the debate’s moderator Jake Tapper.