CNN Stuns With Its New Hire

Sarah Isgur was DOJ rep, accomplished political operative, has no journalism experience
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2019 8:52 AM CST
In this March 23, 2007, file photo, Harvard Law School student, Sarah Isgur, poses at her desk at the Romney for President headquarters in Boston.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

(Newser) – CNN has made a new hire, and the move is making all kinds of waves. Sarah Isgur was most recently employed by the Justice Department as Jeff Sessions' spokeswoman; beginning in March, she'll be a new political editor for CNN and help coordinate its 2020 election coverage. The move is said to be causing some major hand-wringing within CNN itself. We dive in:

  • Bloomberg reports that while other former Trump administration officials have come on board at CNN as analysts, Isgur's place in the newsroom makes her a far less typical hire.
  • Adding to that "less typical" label: Per her LinkedIn profile, she has no journalism background, but a long history as a Republican political operative. Among her past gigs: working as Carly Fiorina's deputy campaign manager during her presidential run. She has also worked for Mitt Romney during his bid for president, on a Ted Cruz Senate campaign, and for the Republican National Committee.

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