Jim Acosta, who has covered nearly every major news story over the last five years for CBS News, will join CNN as a general assignment correspondent beginning in March, officials said Monday.
Acosta will be based in the network’s New York bureau, contributing to CNN’s weekday and weekend programming.
He has been a CBS News correspondent since February 2003. Originally based in New York, he later relocated to the CBS bureau in Atlanta. He contributed primarily to the CBS Evening News and has covered stories including the Iraq war from Baghdad, the 2004 presidential campaign of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Hurricane Katrina and the blackout of 2003.
Previously, he was a correspondent for CBS Newspath, the network’s 24-hour news service, from 2001-03 and was based in Dallas and Chicago during that time. Acosta covered the Pennsylvania miner rescue, the Washington, D.C.-area sniper story and the Andrea Yates trial, among other stories.
“Jim’s experience in covering major national and world events and his irrepressible drive to excel make him an outstanding addition to CNN,” Jon Klein, president of CNN/U.S., said in a prepared statement.