Kirk McDonald Named Executive Producer of Inside Politics Sunday with Abby Phillip

By Mark Mwachiro 

CNN has named Kirk McDonald the new executive producer of Inside Politics Sunday with Abby Phillip.

McDonald had been the senior broadcast producer for The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer since 2020. Before that, he was a supervising producer on Anderson Cooper 360, serving as Cooper’s producer for 12 years. 

McDonald is the winner of two News and Documentary Emmy Awards—and is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.


Philip also tweeted the news, saying she’s “looking forward to this new chapter with Kirk, who is a brilliant person, and all around a great person.”

Philip has been anchoring Inside Politics Sunday since 2021—the show now gets a second airing at 11 a.m. ET due to the cancelation of Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter.