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John King
John King
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 News correspondent John King grew up on King Street in Dorchester, and some of his relatives still live in the area.

April 2005:
CNN?s John King has been named chief national correspondent it was announced today by Jon Klein, president of CNN/U.S. King?s new Washington, D.C.-based assignment will be a broad mandate for a range of reporting on interesting and important stories in the United States and around the world.

?John is a brilliant journalist who approaches each assignment with great fervor and dedication,? Klein said. ?During his on-site reporting of the tsunami aftermath, we witnessed the breadth of John?s capabilities beyond the White House beat. Our viewers are better served by having him out in the field.?

?Here in CNN?s Washington bureau, we all know John as our senior White House correspondent, but I remember meeting him when he was one of the very best reporters of any medium on any beat,? said vice president and Washington bureau chief David Bohrman. ?This new assignment will allow King to use his range of interests and knowledge in a broader variety of reporting areas.?

John King has served as CNN?s senior White House correspondent since 1999 and has been with CNN since 1997.

Biography prior to April 2005:
John King is CNN's chief national correspondent, responsible for reporting on a range of stories in the United States and around the world. King joined CNN in May 1997 and was appointed chief national correspondent in April 2005. King served as CNN's senior White House correspondent from 1999 to 2005.

King's tenure has included a lead role in coverage of the 2004 presidential election, the events leading up to and around the 2003 war with Iraq, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the tax-cut debates of 2001and 2003 and the war on terrorism. He has conducted one-on-one interviews with an array of senior officials, including President George W. Bush, first lady Laura Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and current Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. King traveled with Cheney to the Middle East in March 2002 as the administration began to build support for confronting Saddam Hussein.

In December 2004, King traveled with Powell to Thailand and other South Asian countries to cover the disaster and aftermath of the tsunami that took more than 175,000 lives in the region.
During the Clinton administration, King conducted an exclusive joint interview with President Bill Clinton and Prime Minister Tony Blair in Birmingham, England, in May 1998, as well as the only one-on-one interview with the president during his historic trip to Vietnam in November 2000. King also was CNN's lead reporter covering Vice President Al Gore in the closing weeks of the 2000 presidential campaign and during the post-election recount controversy, and he interviewed Gore on several occasions during the 2000 campaign cycle.

King covered the last four presidential elections and reported firsthand on a number of major international events, including the first Persian Gulf War, the U.S. military operation to restore the Aristide government to Haiti and the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as president of South Africa. He was among the first correspondents to report in 1991 from a liberated Kuwait and received the top reporting prize for his coverage of the 1991 Gulf War from the Associated Press Managing Editors' Association.

Before joining CNN, King wrote for the Associated Press, which he joined in 1985. In 1991 he was named chief political correspondent and headed the AP's political coverage of the 1992 and 1996 presidential elections. During his tenure there, King broke several major political stories, including Michael Dukakis' selection of Lloyd Bentsen as his running mate in 1988 and Clinton's selection of Al Gore in 1992. He broke the news of Gen. Colin Powell's decision not to run for president and Sen. Bob Dole's efforts to obtain Ross Perot's endorsement in 1996.

King earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Rhode Island.

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