Jake Tapper To Host Afternoon CNN Show

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In the latest bit of retooling for CNN under new network chief Jeff Zucker, new hire Jake Tapper will anchor a weekday afternoon show called The Lead, Tapper announced on his Twitter account Wednesday. 

The show will air at 4 p.m. Eastern.

Tapper, who briefly worked at CNN ten years ago, spent the last several years with ABC News as White House correspondent, while occasionally filling in as host of This Week and other studio shows. In addition to his hosting duties, Tapper has the title of chief Washington correspondent.

The host, known as one of the more contentious members of the White House press corps throughout President Obama’s first term, authored a recent book about the war in Afghanistan called “The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor.” 

In 1998, Tapper wrote memorably for the Washington City Paper about his having gone on a date, a year earlier, with Monica Lewinsky.

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