John King, CNN chief national correspondent, is an award-winning journalist whose career spans more than three decades, while reporting from all 50 states and from international locations. The 2012 presidential campaign is the seventh presidential election that King has covered and most recently he moderated three presidential debates during the 2012 election cycle. As the networks lead campaign reporter for Americas Choice 2012, King provides the latest developments from the trail and across the networks programs and platforms. Using the Magic Wall, he visually connects the dots in politics by illustrating how voting habits have changed across election cycles and analyzing voting behavior on key issues. King is based in the networks Washington D.C. bureau.
King previously anchored John King, USA, a one-hour political program, on CNN. He often anchored John King, USA from locations outside the beltway such as: the Gulf Coast during the oil spill crisis; Tucson, Ariz. after the shootings of U.S. then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and other victims; from Tunica, Miss. during the recent historic flooding in the South; and, from Joplin, Miss. after a deadly and destructive tornado passed through the city.
King moderated the first CNN debate of the 2012 Republican presidential primary season in New Hampshire. He also moderated two additional debates amongst four GOP contenders in early 2012: a Southern Republican debate in South Carolina in January and an Arizona Republican debate in February. In addition, King has contributed to CNNs election coverage throughout Americas Choice 2012 on key primary and caucus nights, helping voters understand election results through his use of the Magic Wall. During the 2010 election cycle, King moderated gubernatorial debates in Massachusetts and Florida.
In addition, King anchored State of the Union with John King, the networks four-hour Sunday news program, during which he interviewed a wide-range of newsmakers, including President Barack Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney. While anchoring State of the Union, King visited all 50 states in the first year of the Obama presidency to gather the perspectives of every day Americans.
King joined CNN in May 1997 and became chief national correspondent in April 2005. He served as CNNs senior White House correspondent from 1999 to 2005.
As a member of the Peabody Award-winning political team, King was a key part of the networks innovative America Votes 2008 coverage of the presidential campaign. During the 2008 presidential campaign, King traveled the country and broke news about campaign developments, including that then-Senator Barack Obama had chosen Sen. Joe Biden as his vice presidential running mate. He pioneered the use of the CNN Magic Wall, which allowed him to delve into election data and track delegates like never before for primary election nights. In advance of the Democratic and Republican national conventions, King reported and anchored a 90-minute documentary on Sen. John McCain as part of a series on the presidential candidates.
King also contributed to CNNs Emmy-winning 2006 mid-term election coverage, as well as to coverage of the 2004 presidential race, the Iraq War, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the tax-cut debates of 2001and 2003 and the war on terrorism. In 2006, he reported an hour-long special on executive authority, Power Play. He has conducted one-on-one interviews with an array of senior officials, including President Barack Obama, former President George W. Bush, former first lady Laura Bush, former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
King traveled with Vice President Cheney to the Middle East in March 2002 as the administration began to build support for confronting Saddam Hussein. In December 2004, King traveled with Powell to Indonesia, Thailand and other South Asian countries, and then remained in the region to cover the disaster and aftermath of the tsunami that took more than 175,000 lives in the region. In 2005, King was among the CNN crew that covered the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita from the U.S. Gulf Coast. In June 2006, he accompanied President Bush on a secret trip to Baghdad during which the president met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and the new cabinet.
During the Clinton administration, King conducted an exclusive joint interview with President Bill Clinton and
Prime Minister Tony Blair in Birmingham, England, in May 1998, as well as the only one-on-one interview with the president during his historic trip to Vietnam in November 2000. King also was CNNs lead reporter covering Vice President Al Gore in the closing weeks of the 2000 presidential campaign and during the post-election recount controversy; he interviewed Gore on several occasions during the 2000 campaign cycle.
In addition to his domestic reporting, he has covered firsthand a number of major international events, including the first Persian Gulf War, the U.S. military operation to restore the Aristide government to Haiti and the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as president of South Africa. He was among the first correspondents to report in 1991 from a liberated Kuwait and received the top reporting prize for his coverage of the 1991 Gulf War from the Associated Press Managing Editors Association.
Before joining CNN, King wrote for the Associated Press, which he joined in 1985. In 1991 he was named chief political correspondent and headed the APs political coverage of the 1992 and 1996 presidential elections. During his tenure there, King broke several major political stories, including Michael Dukakis selection of Lloyd Bentsen as his running mate in 1988 and Clintons selection of Al Gore in 1992. He broke the news of Gen. Colin Powells decision not to run for president and Sen. Bob Doles efforts to obtain Ross Perots endorsement in 1996.
King is a native of Boston and earned a bachelors degree in journalism, as well as an honorary doctorate, from the University of Rhode Island.
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