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correspondent , journalist , host of Inside Politics

John King, American journalist, news correspondent. Recipient Top Reporting Prize, Associated Press Managing Editors' Association, 1991.


King, John was born on August 30, 1963 in Dorchester, Massachusetts, United States.


He attended Boston Latin School, and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism in the Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island.


He is the former anchor of State of the Union, as well as John King, USA, which appeared weeknights at 7pm/ET on CNN before being cancelled. King is now CNN chief national correspondent based in Washington DC and the host of Inside Politics. In 1985, King joined the Associated Press where he began as a writer.

In 1991, King was named chief political correspondent and headed the AP's political coverage of the 1992 and 1996 presidential elections. In 1997, King joined CNN where he served as the senior White House correspondent from 1999 to 2005. In 2005, King was named CNN's chief national correspondent, a position he still holds.

He frequently appears on the nightly news programs The Situation Room and Anderson Cooper 360° and sometimes fills in as anchor. King also uses the Multi-Touch Collaboration Wall, nicknamed the "Magic Wall" or "Magic Map." First used during the primaries of the 2008 presidential campaign, it allows him to display and manipulate various graphics and maps relating to poll and election results. He and the Multi-Touch Collaboration Wall have both been featured in a Daily Show segment.

Just prior to the 2009 US presidential inauguration, King began hosting his new talk show State of the Union, which replaced CNN's Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer. With Lou Dobbs' sudden resignation from the network on November 12, 2009, CNN announced that King would take over Dobbs' timeslot in early 2010. King began hosting his new weeknight show on March 22, 2010, called John King, USA. On January 19, 2012, King moderated a Republican Presidential debate before the South Carolina Primary.

He opened the debate by asking a controversial question of candidate Newt Gingrich, regarding the candidate's marriage. John King, USA was cancelled in early 2012, with the final episode airing on June 29, 2012. King was the first to erroneously report on this identification of a suspect.

Other news outlets, such as Fox News, soon erroneously reported that a suspect had been arrested.


  • Also in 1991, King won the top reporting prize from the Associated Press Managing Editors' Association for his coverage of the Gulf War in Kuwait. On April 17, 2013, King, citing law enforcement sources, erroneously reported that a suspect in the April 15, 2013, bombing at the Boston Marathon had been identified by police and that the suspect was a dark-skinned male.


Before marrying Bash, King (previously a Roman Catholic) converted to Judaism, Bash's religion.


On January 31, 2010, King announced that CNN's senior political reporter, Candy Crowley, would replace him as anchor of State of the Union. On May 2, 2011, John King was the CNN anchor who confirmed the death of Osama bin Laden to that network's viewers.


Married Dana Bash, May 25, 2008.

Dana Bash