Contact Us

All Things CNN is an independent blog that has no affiliation with CNN.

If you wish to contact us with tips, comments or suggestions our email is

To contact a specific CNN program please check our CNN programs link at the top of this page.

To contact CNN
click here.


All Things CNN
is now on Twitter.
twitter / AllThingsCNN

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

CNN Names Sam Feist Washington Bureau Chief

Sam Feist, political director and vice president of Washington-based programming for CNN, has been promoted to Washington, D.C. bureau chief and senior vice president, it was announced today by Ken Jautz, executive vice president of CNN/U.S. Feist will oversee daily operations of the bureau and lead all newsgathering and programming from the nation’s capital. Feist will assume his role effective immediately and will report to Jautz.

“For two decades at CNN, Sam has demonstrated his commitment to serious journalism and strong political programming,” said Jautz. “His experience, vision, and understanding of our nation’s capital will ensure CNN’s Washington bureau and its coverage remain second to none.”
“I couldn't be more excited to take on this new role and build on the great journalism and the tremendous expertise of the CNN Washington bureau,” said Feist. “It is not only one of the largest news bureaus in the world, it is undoubtedly one of the finest. Leading this outstanding team at a time of dynamic change in our industry is invigorating and humbling.”
Since January 2009, Feist has served CNN’s political director and vice president of Washington-based programming, overseeing Washington programming, including John King, USA, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, State of the Union with Candy Crowley, and Reliable Sources. As political director, he also coordinated all facets of CNN’s daily political coverage including the production of political specials such as primary nights, conventions, and election nights.
As political director and senior executive producer of political coverage through the 2006 midterm and 2008 presidential elections, Feist oversaw political coverage for “America Votes 2008” and The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, the weekday program he helped conceptualize and launch. In the 2008 election cycle, Feist coordinated and produced CNN’s nine presidential primary debates as well as the network’s record-breaking primary, caucus and convention coverage that earned the network a Peabody Award. Feist was also instrumental in the “America Votes 2006” coverage of the midterm elections that earned the network an Emmy Award.
Feist formerly managed the production of Inside Politics and Crossfire. Prior to joining Crossfire, Feist was the founding executive producer of CNN’s daily newscast Wolf Blitzer Reports. He also served as the executive producer of CNN’s weekend programs Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer, The Capital Gang and Evans & Novak.
Feist has produced live programs from nations around the world including: Russia, Israel, the United Kingdom and China. He has produced interviews with such world leaders as George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev, Al Gore, Barack Obama, Yitzhak Rabin and Margaret Thatcher.
After working as a freelance producer at CNN’s London bureau in 1990, Feist joined CNN full-time at its Atlanta headquarters in 1991. During the 1992 presidential campaign, he moved to the Washington bureau where he has held a number of positions including associate producer, producer, senior producer and assignment editor.
Feist received his bachelor of arts in political science from Vanderbilt University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He received his law degree with honors from the Georgetown University Law Center, which included a semester studying international law at Cambridge University. Feist is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the bar of the District of Columbia.

All content, unless otherwise cited, is © All Things CNN and may not be used without consent of the blog administrator.


Anonymous said...

AC360 had on former Reagan/Bush Administration official Ed Abrams the other night to discuss Syria and there's a good article in one of the major political blogs about his past corrupt history which made it plain why he never should've been invited to the program. It's as if the bookers on 360 do not care about the reputation of the people they choose to bring in since this isn't the first time they've done something like this. Allowing someone like Abrams to come in is tantamount to whitewashing the misdeeds of former administrations and it makes the program look less credible, but they probably didn't think anyone would notice.

Anonymous said...

Somebody really needs to fix CNN's
lame political approach. The 80's &
70's are ancient history. Even the 90's
don't apply to the 21st century. There
is no need for the anchor to be involved
in the political updates with questions.
These segments should be stand alone
and move faster. The days of the anchor
being involved in every segment are gone.
It makes no sense at all. CNN is to caught
up in the ideological mindset to come up
with something new. What does the viewer
get out of left vs right ideology. CNN pimps
political discourse. Hands down Morning
Joe is the modern model for political talk.
CNN's political coverage has not changed
in 20 years.

Anonymous said...

Considering a poll out today from Suffolk Univ,
none of the networks are trusted when it comes
to politics. So his work is cut out for him. CNN
thought Crossfire 2.0 with Eliot Spitzer would
work and the ratings show viewers have moved
on. Yes Bill O' Reilly and Anderson Cooper were
at 9 and 6 percent but they trailed don't now
and none badly. CNN is incapable of new ideas.
People want intelligent conversation and not
faux debates.

Anonymous said...

AC360 seems to be making a conscious effort to bring in as many Obama-bashers as they can. Tonight Anderson's apparently interviewing Rand Paul, son of crazy Civil Rights foe, Ron Paul, something Anderson NEVER brings up when he speaks to him. Does Anderson/360 ever go out of their way to interview DEMOCRATS these days? No, most of the time they are giving voice to teabaggers, right wingers and all other manner of conservatives who wish to bring down the President. How is this fair and balanced? It has become more than clear that Anderson/his staff all have MAJOR issues with President Obama and are doing whatever they can to make sure he's not reelected.

Anonymous said...

CNN's political credibility took a major hit
when they focused heavily on Donald Trump.
CNN permitted itself to be played and exploited.
It does seem as though CNN is trying to build
up Republicans. That is likely due to the debates.
I don't think there is or will be much interest in
these candidates as the media would like. The
ratings won't be there. Cable news has to
change from politicians and pundits with
their own shows. it is a disservice to the public.
Viewers are not getting the real news and are
subjected to pov talk that is not about facts.
CNN has to come up with new ways to cover
politics and not fall into the same old stuff.

What happened in 2007 & 2008 is a once in a
lifetime event. All 50 states mattered and it was
exciting to see who would win in primary
after primary.

Anderson does need to be more balanced.
The Pauls certainly are on 360 an awful lot.
One other overused phrase on CNN is bashing
President Obama and who is it : always a
political opponent. How s that news. Last
week it showed why you need people like
Wolf Blitzer instead of pundits and bloggers
on about serious issues like the Middle East
and Israel. I have no idea about the 1967
borders with regards to Israel but Wolf
Blitzer helped me understand this.