Jeff Zeleny serves as CNN's senior Washington correspondent and is responsible for covering a wide range of political and breaking news for all the network's programs. Currently covering the 2016 campaign, his fifth presidential election cycle, Zeleny has traveled to all parts of the country, primarily covering the Democratic primary contest. He has interviewed Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders as well as Donald Trump and several other Republican presidential candidates.
Zeleny joined CNN from ABC News where he was their senior Washington correspondent. He reported extensively on the 2014 midterm elections and the Republican Party as it gained control of the U.S. Senate. He also reported from Ferguson, Missouri, covering the protests in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting.
Prior to ABC News, Zeleny was the national political correspondent for The New York Times. As the paper's lead reporter, he covered the 2012 presidential election and covered Barack Obama's 2008 campaign to the White House. Zeleny also covered the first two years of the Obama administration as a White House correspondent, traveling across the country and the world, and also covered Congress for the Times.
Before The New York Times, Zeleny was the national political correspondent for the Chicago Tribune where he covered the 2004 presidential campaign and the early years of the George W. Bush administration. He joined the Tribune in 2000 as a reporter on the Metropolitan desk in Chicago, where he was a member of the reporting team that won a Pulitzer Prize in explanatory journalism for documenting gridlock in the nation's air traffic system.
Zeleny, a graduate of the University of Nebraska, began his journalism career at the Des Moines Register and is a native of Exeter, Nebraska.
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