CBS News names Major Garrett its chief Washington correspondent

CBS News announced Wednesday that it has named Major Garrett as its chief Washington correspondent.

Garrett, 56, has served as CBS' top White House correspondent. His new title will make him a prominent player in the network's coverage of the 2020 presidential election.

“I have been honored to travel the country and the world covering the White House for CBS News,” Garrett said in a statement. "And I am eager to see where that privilege and responsibility takes me next."

"The White House and Washington will remain a focus, and change is coming to both. Each national campaign also creates pathways to stories beyond the day-to-day horse race. I look forward each and every day to working with the exceptional team of journalists at CBS News.”

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In addition to his White House correspondent duties, Garrett is also the host of the weekly podcast, "The Takeout," which launched in 2017.

Garrett joined the network in 2012 after being a longtime reporter for Fox News, where he was eventually promoted to senior White House correspondent.

Christopher Isham, vice president and Washington bureau chief for CBS News, said in his announcement Wednesday that Garrett's "unparalleled precision in his reporting" and "decades of experience have made him an invaluable member" of the CBS team.

“Whether it’s reporting on presidential elections, ongoing key stories coming from the White House, or high-stakes diplomatic meetings abroad between world leaders, Major has demonstrated unparalleled precision in his reporting and skill in his writing. His decades of experience have made him an invaluable member of our team – he asks questions that go beyond the surface, which result in substantive information that is useful to our viewers. I look forward to his continued work with all of us at CBS News and the Washington Bureau in his new role," Isham said.

The network noted that Garrett will continue to appear on all CBS broadcasts and platforms, including "CBS This Morning," "The CBS Evening News" and the network's online streaming news service, CBSN.