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ABC names new deputy political director, weekend White House correspondent

ABC names new deputy political director, weekend White House correspondent
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ABC News on Thursday named Averi Harper as the new deputy political director in its Washington bureau.

The former deputy political director, MaryAlice Parks, is now ABC’s weekend White House correspondent.

Harper was hired in 2019 and worked as a campaign reporter covering presidential candidates like Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Energy: Treasury creates hub to fight climate change through finance | Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez introduce 'Green New Deal for Public Housing' | Don't attack Zoom for its Bernie Sanders federal tax bill Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez introduce 'Green New Deal for Public Housing' MORE (I-Vt.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandIntelligence leaders warn of threats from China, domestic terrorism Jon Stewart accuses VA of being 'an obstacle' to burn pits medical care Family policy that could appeal to the right and the left MORE (D-N.Y.) and Cory BookerCory BookerBass 'hopeful' on passing police reform: 'Republicans that I am working with are operating in good faith' Progressive lawmakers press DHS chief on immigration detention Democrats battle over best path for Puerto Rico MORE (D-N.J.) and Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanBusinessman Mike Gibbons jumps into GOP Senate race in Ohio Biden's gun control push poses danger for midterms Trump faces test of power with early endorsements MORE (D-Ohio) during the Democratic primaries, according to the ABC News announcement. She later covered the Biden-Harris campaign, focusing on Vice President Harris.

The post-Trump era has seen numerous changes in the lineups of major media outlets, particularly on the political beats in Washington. Early in the year, Jim AcostaJames (Jim) AcostaHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Fauci touts vaccinations: 'This is not going to last forever' Biden's first presser wasn't about him — not really MORE was moved off the White House beat to become CNN's chief domestic correspondent. And in mid-February, the cable outlet revamped its afternoon and morning lineups.

Toward the end of last month, The New York Times also shifted its White House team, including the move of reporter Maggie HabermanMaggie Lindsy HabermanThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Pence sets the stage for 2024 Trump frustrated with pace of super PAC Media stumbles: Its bias shows in covering Biden v. Trump MORE, known for her coverage of former President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse votes to condemn Chinese government over Hong Kong Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at age 93 White House readies for Chauvin verdict MORE, to the newspaper's investigative/enterprise team in the Washington bureau.

ABC has seen some ratings success lately. "ABC World News Tonight," anchored by David Muir, had an average of more than 9.45 million total viewers, with 1.8 million adults aged 25-54 in the week of Feb. 22, according to TVNewser, make it 48 straight weeks that ABC’s evening news show beat out NBC and CBS.