January 8th, 2009
01:56 PM ET
12 years ago

Feist named CNN vice president

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WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sam Feist, CNN’s political director, was named vice president of Washington-based programming, the network announced Thursday.

Feist will oversee all political programming originating from the nation’s capital, including the launch of CNN’s new four hour Sunday political affairs program “State of the Union with John King” and the three hour weekday news program “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.”

Feist will continue in his role as the network’s political director.

Full CNN announcement after the jump

Sam Feist Named Vice President of D.C.-based Programming for CNN/U.S.

CNN political director Sam Feist has been named vice president of Washington-based programming, it was announced today by David Bohrman, senior vice president and the network’s Washington bureau chief. Feist will continue to report to Bohrman in this role.

“Sam has been a driving force behind the team that led CNN to the most successful ratings years in the network’s 28-year history,” Bohrman said. “CNN’s 2008 election coverage is a great example of where we have been and where we can still go. Sam’s enthusiasm for solid, innovative television makes him a natural fit to lead the Washington bureau’s programming as we prepare to cover the new administration and Congress.”

In this new role, Feist will oversee all programming based out of the Washington bureau, including The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, State of the Union with John King and political specials.  In addition to his new responsibilities, Feist will maintain his duties as CNN political director.

As CNN’s 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, the weekday program he helped conceptualize and launch.  Feist was instrumental in the “America Votes 2006” coverage of the midterm elections that earned the network an Emmy Award.

Feist previously 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 China, Israel, Russia and the United Kingdom. He has produced interviews with such world leaders as George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev, Al Gore, Yitzhak Rabin and Margaret Thatcher.

Feist joined the network full-time in 1991 and has held a number of positions including associate producer, producer and senior producer.

A magna cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt University, Feist also earned a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, where he graduated cum laude.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Bar of the District of Columbia.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Matt

    First order of business: clean up the nonsense fabricated controversies so we can start reading real news instead of fairy tales generated to sell advertising at a higher price based on our society's abhorent addiction to scandal.

    January 8, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. Anthony

    this is not news that belongs in the political ticker, no one cares if your network promoted someone

    January 8, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. Franky

    Congrats Sam! Even though I probably never see you or heard from you, congrats on your new position...

    Plus, isn't John(King) getting his new show as well?? You know when John gets his show, something is up! Pretty cool stuff...

    January 8, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. shaq

    wow thats good for him

    January 8, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. WIlly Brown

    Did Obama appoint him too?

    January 8, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. EVERYMAN

    Who cares?

    January 8, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. Buckeye

    Give fair coverage on the crisis in Gaza and the slaughter of innocents.

    January 8, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |