Jake Tapper

Age: 44
Hometown: Philadelphia
Political party: Agnostic
Relationship status: Married

Jake Tapper has taken "The Lead" at CNN in the past few months, anchoring the 4 p.m. slot for the 24-hour news network.

"It's exciting. It's been a crazy four months in news," he told The Hill.

He recalled his most surprising time in the anchor chair: In mid-April, when the Tsarnaev brothers were on the run from police after being named suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Tapper was in Boston, sitting in his hotel room and listening to the police scanner online as the story unfolded.

He called the CNN news desk and said, "I'm here if anyone wants to cover it. And I got a call, and we were anchoring from 1:30 to 8:30 in the morning."

"It was a solid seven or eight hours. It was just nuts."

Tapper spoke to The Hill in his office at CNN headquarters in Washington, where a Florida voting booth containing a butterfly ballot from the 2000 election stands in one corner and old political posters ranging from Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign to the 2000 Al Gore/Joe Lieberman ticket cover the walls.

"Most of them are losers," he said of his office decorations. He picked them "because their posters are more interesting and their stories are often more fun to tell."

Tapper, who grew up in a politically active household, said he became a journalist

"because there were stories I wanted to read about that people weren't writing."

When he's not on air or prepping for his show, he said he decompresses by spending his mornings in the gym and his evenings with his 3-year-old and 5-year-old.

He said bourbon — with a splash of water on the rocks — is his "limited indulgence."

"I try to stay pretty focused during the week on salads and water," he said. "And coffee."

— Emily Goodin

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