John Berman Jumps From ABC News to CNN


ABC News correspondent John Berman is joining CNN as an anchor of its early morning program Early Start alongside Ashleigh Banfield and Zoraida Sambolin.

Berman, who was a regular contributor to Good Morning America, will also contribute reports to other CNN programs, including The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.

"We are so fortunate to have this talented and seasoned journalist join our morning show and become a regular presence on our air throughout the day. John is a skilled reporter with a passion and personality that shine through, whether he's covering the political season or his beloved Red Sox," said Ken Jautz, executive vice president of CNN.

Berman joined ABC News in 1995 as a desk assistant and was head writer for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings from 1997-99. He has covered the presidential election season since 2000.

In a memo to staff announcing Berman's departure, ABC News president Ben Sherwood said, "John is one of the most versatile and creative storytellers in television. Inside our building when we brainstorm, there's a reason that we often exclaim: 'That's a John Berman story.' He is a gifted writer who brings a singular voice and flair to everything he does."