(CNN) - Jake Tapper, most recently an ABC News correspondent and author, is joining CNN as chief Washington correspondent and an anchor, the network announced Thursday.
Tapper was previously the senior White House correspondent for ABC News. ABC's White House team will pick up the network's political correspondent, Jonathan Karl.
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Tapper will anchor a new weekday program, CNN said.
"With CNN's impeccable reporting during the elections and the exciting changes in the works for the network, this is a perfect time to join the CNN team," he said in a statement distributed by the network. "I am excited about the prospect of working with both the new leadership and some old friends and colleagues."
Before his White House post with ABC, Tapper was the network's lead political reporter. He started at the network in 2003 and covered stories including the war in Iraq and Hurricane Katrina. He was previously a Washington and national correspondent for Salon, a reporter for Washington City Paper and has been published by The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Weekly Standard and Roll Call.
In 2001, he was a co-host of CNN's "Take Five." He has written three books, most recently "The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor."
CNN's executive vice president, Ken Jautz, said he is "thrilled" Tapper is joining CNN.
"Jake is an exceptional reporter and communicator, and we look forward to developing a program that takes advantage of all of his strengths, his passion and his knowledge of national issues and events."