Fox News’ Snow Defects to CNN

Former White House press secretary and Fox News Channel personality Tony Snow has joined CNN as a conservative commentator, effective Monday, April 21.

Snow, who served as press secretary to President Bush from April 2006 to September 2007, will begin his stint at CNN tonight, contributing to the network’s coverage of the political landscape on the eve of the Pennsylvania Democratic presidential primary.

Before accepting the White House gig, Snow had been a mainstay at Fox News for more than a decade, hosting Fox News Sunday, Weekend Live, and often pitching in as a substitute host of The O’Reilly Factor.

Snow also has an extensive background in print and radio, appearing as a regular columnist in USA Today in the late 1990s, while serving as a regular guest host for Rush Limbaugh’s radio program. In February, Snow was named permanent guest host of the syndicated Fox News program Radio Factor.

“In the White House, Tony brought a remarkably human touch to the discussion of public policy, which he will continue to do as part of the `Best Political Team on Television,” said CNN/U.S. President Jon Klein, by way of announcing the hire. “He will contribute a unique breadth of political and journalistic expertise to what is already the most provocative and wide-ranging political analysis on the air.”

Snow has been battling colon cancer since 2005. Last fall, he announced that his cancer was in remission during an appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman. He reiterated this prognosis in late February during a guest stint on The O’Reilly Factor.