Mark Whitaker Joins CNN As Managing Editor

CNN Worldwide announced Friday that it has hired NBC News Washington Bureau Chief Mark Whitaker in the new role of Managing Editor.Whitaker, who joined NBC News in 2007 and became Washington Bureau Chief after Tim Russert’s sudden death in 2…

CNN Worldwide announced Friday that it has hired NBC News Washington Bureau Chief Mark Whitaker in the new role of Managing Editor.

Whitaker, who joined NBC News in 2007 and became Washington Bureau Chief after Tim Russert’s sudden death in 2008, was the editor of Newsweek from 1998 through 2006.

The role was created after the departure of CNN/US President Jon Klein in September. At the time, in addition to naming Executive Vice Presidents overseeing CNN/US and sister network HLN, CNN Worldwide President Jim Walton said he would be “naming an executive vice president and managing editor of CNN Worldwide to lead collaboration across all platforms and elevate CNN’s unique journalism and analysis.”

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