- 18 min
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.
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.