John King

Anchor and Chief National Correspondent

John King is CNN's award-winning chief national correspondent and an integral part of the network's coverage of American government and politics.
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John King is CNN’s award-winning chief national correspondent and an integral part of the network’s coverage of American government and politics.

For the 2024 presidential cycle, King will lead a new voter and battleground state project designed to cover the campaign through eyes of everyday Americans. King will also play a prominent role in CNN’s coverage of major events, including debates, primary and caucus nights, the nominating conventions and Election Night. He will continue to lead the CNN “Magic Wall” coverage, an innovation first introduced in 2008 and central to the network’s election coverage since.

King joined CNN in May 1997 after 12 years at The Associated Press, the last six as its chief political correspondent. He has reported from all 50 states and more than 70 countries.

At CNN, King previously served as the anchor of CNN’s Inside Politics, a program featuring the top political stories sourced by the best reporters. Other CNN duties included 10 years covering the White House, serving as CNN’s senior White House correspondent from 1999 to 2006. While at the White House, King’s duties consisted of reporting on the Iraq war and the September 11th terrorist attacks. His AP tenure included stints in Providence, R.I., Boston and Washington, as well as covering major international events like the Persian Gulf War.

King is a native of Boston and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Rhode Island. He has also been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from URI, American University and Hobart and William Smith Colleges.