After more than four decades in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Danny Bender is leaving the newspaper for a new role at CNN.
He will be the news director at CNN-New York.
Bender will be a key contributor to CNN-NY’s news division, and he will report to veteran reporter Benjy Sarlin, CNN senior vice president of news, CNN chief political correspondent Jim Acosta, and the New York bureau chief for CNN.
Bender is a graduate of New York University’s journalism school.
The 76-year-old Bender has been a reporter at CNN since 1998.
Bender, who has covered the news for more than three decades, has been named CNN’s News Director since 2012.
He joined the network in 2005 and has been news director since 2008.
Bender joined CNN in New York in 2011.
He spent two years as CNN’s national political editor and two years at Fox News Channel before joining CNN-TV New York.
In his previous assignments, Bender covered the 2012 presidential election, the 2011 Occupy Wall Street movement, and a spate of high-profile murders in the Northeast, including the Boston Marathon bombing, that killed three people and wounded more than 260.
Bender was named to the Associated Press list of “The 50 Best News Editors in America” in 2015.
In his new role, Bender will also oversee CNN’s political coverage and CNN’s coverage of the presidential campaign.
He previously served as the national political correspondent for ABC News and the executive producer of CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” which he also produced and produced for Fox News, as well as CNN-owned HLN and CNN.
“I’m extremely honored to join the News Director team,” Bender said.
“I love the journalism of this country and I look forward to bringing a fresh perspective and perspective to CNN and CNN-NEW YORK.
I have been privileged to work with a remarkable group of people, and I know that we are all on the same page and will bring our best to CNN.”
Benderson joins a growing list of senior CNN reporters and anchors who have left for other media.
Former CNN-CNN political analyst and MSNBC political commentator Van Jones, who left the network after 13 years in 2016, is stepping down from MSNBC and CNN in 2017, and CNN anchor Jake Tappers departure is expected to happen next year.
Meanwhile, the departure of longtime CNN political correspondent Mark Halperin, who joined the company in 2007, also is expected next year, with CNN-Boston anchorman Erin Burnett expected to exit the network soon after.
For the first time in nearly three decades and one year, CNN will no longer have its own anchor, but Halper in the form of Anderson Cooper, who will remain in the company’s news desk.
Halper will continue to anchor the network’s news operation, and will report directly to Anderson Cooper and be a contributor to Anderson’s political programming.
The departure of Halper, who was known for his outspoken political commentary and outspoken criticism of President Donald Trump, comes as CNN moves into the digital era of online news.
CNN has moved into a new era of digital news, with a new digital team, CNN Digital Chief Operating Officer Brian Deese, who is also the executive vice president and general manager of CNN Interactive.
CNN has also announced plans to invest more than $1 billion in its digital business.
At the end of 2016, CNN’s digital operations and business unit generated $3.6 billion in revenue.
“With the launch of the CNN Digital Newsroom, CNN has the best newsroom in the business, and we have a talented and diverse team working in it,” Deese said in a statement.
“With new hires like Danny Bender joining the News director team, we are adding a fresh new voice to CNN’s newsroom.
We will continue the strong momentum we are on with the CNN team, and look forward for great things for our future.”
Bendinger, who had worked for CNN since 1996, said he was excited to join CNN-Chicago in 2016.
I was born to work.
I was born in Chicago to a working class family.
I came here to be part of something that was very special, and it was just an opportunity to be able to do something that I really love, to be in a job that I love,” Bender told reporters at CNN’s headquarters in New Orleans.
While the announcement is the first major shakeup at CNN, other news organizations are expected to follow suit.
Last week, CBS announced it would move to a digital-only model, while Fox News also announced that it would be moving into a digital future.
And in February, The New York Times reported that Disney was moving to a new format that would include digital coverage, including live online.
More than two years after being hired as CNN News