Anchor and Chief National Correspondent
John King is CNN's chief national correspondent and anchor of Inside Politics.
John King is CNN's chief national correspondent and anchor of Inside Politics, an hour-long program featuring a panel of top-tier political correspondents. The program airs weekdays at noon and Sunday mornings at 8 a.m.
An award-winning journalist, King has covered the past eight presidential elections and has reported from all 50 states and more than 70 countries.
His CNN duties include daily reporting and breaking news coverage, including participation in major events such as the network's 2016 Election Night in America coverage. Past campaign experience includes moderating three presidential primary debates in 2012 as well as gubernatorial debates in Massachusetts and Florida. This past election was the third cycle in which King's reporting included use of CNN's "Magic Wall," which was first introduced in 2008 and was also integral part of the network's Emmy award-winning 2012 election night coverage. Other awards while at CNN include participating in the network's Peabody Award-winning 2008 political team, and its Emmy-award winning 2006 midterm election coverage.
King joined CNN in May 1997 and became chief national correspondent in April 2005. He served as CNN's senior White House correspondent from 1999 to 2005, where his duties included reporting on the Iraq war and the September 11th terrorist attacks. His reporting outside of Washington includes the 2004 Southeast Asian tsunami and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In June 2006, King accompanied President Bush on a secret trip to Baghdad.
Before joining CNN, King was an Associated Press correspondent for 12 years, working in Rhode Island and Boston before transferring to Washington after the 1988 election. As chief political correspondent, King led The AP's 1992 and 1996 presidential election coverage. During his AP tenure, King broke several major political stories, including Michael Dukakis' selection of Lloyd Bentsen as his running mate in 1988 and Clinton's selection of Al Gore in 1992.
While at The AP, King also covered several major international events, including the first Persian Gulf War, the U.S. military operation to restore the Aristide government in Haiti and the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as president of South Africa. He was among the first correspondents to report from a liberated Kuwait in 1991 and received the top-reporting prize for his coverage of the 1991 Gulf War from The Associated Press Managing Editors' Association.
King is a native of Boston and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Rhode Island. He also has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from URI, American University and Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
You can follow King on Twitter @JohnKingCNN.