(CNN) - Jim Acosta has been named national political correspondent, a move announced Tuesday by Sam Feist, Washington bureau chief and senior vice president.
Acosta begins his new assignment as national political correspondent immediately.
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"Jim has been an outstanding addition to the political team," said Feist. "He has emerged as one of the key reporters on the campaign trail and his astute reporting skills will only help to position the network to dominate this important election cycle."
In this new role, Acosta will work closely with the network's political unit to provide coverage of the 2012 campaign including the primary races, the presidential debates, and the political conventions.
He will also cover important stories on policy and culture for various CNN programs, including "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" and "John King, USA."
"Having grown up just outside of the nation's capital, I'm very excited about this new assignment," said Acosta. "I am honored to be part of CNN's political team, which is second to none."