CBS News’ Ben Tracy Is Leaving Beijing to Cover the White House, Joining Weijia Jiang, Paula Reid

By A.J. Katz Comment

CBS News has bolstered its coverage of the White House.

CBS News Washington bureau chief Chris Isham announced that Beijing-based Ben Tracy is now a CBS News White House correspondent, coming home to the U.S. after a lengthy tenure abroad.

Tracy brings solid international reporting chops to the White House beat. He has been a CBS News correspondent for more than a decade and has reported from more than 15 countries on five continents. He has been to North Korea three times and was the only western broadcast television correspondent to report from that country’s main nuclear testing site last year.

He was in Singapore and Vietnam for both summits between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Tracy will join Weijia Jiang (who’s returning from maternity leave shortly) and former Justice correspondent-turned-White House correspondent Paula Reid on the White House beat, giving the network a trio of White House correspondents, all three of whom were officially named to the positions within the past year.

Reid joined the Justice beat in Washington in 2014 and has reported on the White House and stories involving federal law enforcement. For the past two years, she led the network’s coverage of Special Counsel Mueller and major developments related to the investigation.

“Her knowledge of both the law and policy have informed her reporting and incisive questioning during exchanges at White House briefings,” Isham said in a statement. She joined CBS News in 2010.

Jiang became a White House correspondent last summer and has traveled with President Trump on numerous occasions, both domestic and abroad. She covered major political stories for the network including the midterm elections, the Mueller probe and the nomination process and confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. She joined CBS News in 2015 as a correspondent for Newspath, where she covered both the Obama and Trump administrations, the 2016 presidential campaign and election and Hurricane Harvey.

Major Garrett will no longer have the title of chief White House correspondent, a title he had held since 2012. He will continue in his role as CBS News’ chief Washington correspondent, reporting on all things Washington. He was named to this particular role in December 2018 after it had been vacated by John Dickerson when he moved to New York to become CBS This Morning co-host at the start of 2018.

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