Jim Sciutto named co-anchor of CNN mid-morning news program

Jim Sciutto named co-anchor of CNN mid-morning news program
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CNN has named chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto as co-anchor of its mid-morning news program, "CNN Newsroom," the network said on Tuesday.

Sciutto, who served in the Obama-era State Department from 2011-2013 and earlier was ABC's senior foreign correspondent, will begin his new role on Sept. 17.

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"Sciutto will bring his extensive experience covering the intelligence community, foreign policy, and the Department of Defense, including more than a decade as a foreign correspondent based overseas, to the New York-based program alongside [co-anchor Poppy] Harlow," CNN said. "Sciutto will remain as the network’s chief national security correspondent and will continue to serve as a fill-in anchor for several of the network’s news programs."

The opening comes after "New Day" co-anchor Chris Cuomo moved to primetime in June, which led to former "CNN Newsroom" co-anchor John Berman moving into Cuomo's earlier morning spot alongside co-anchor Alisyn Camerota.

CNN also announced that former ABC foreign correspondent Alex Marquardt will be re-joining CNN’s national security team as senior national correspondent.

Marquardt "spent most of the last decade as a foreign correspondent for ABC News based in Beirut, Jerusalem and Moscow," according to the network.

"He started his career as a political embed for CNN during the 2008 presidential election," it added.

Marquardt will be based in New York.