Jeff Zeleny serves as CNN's chief national affairs correspondent. He previously served as Senior Washington Correspondent and was part of the team covering the 2016 presidential campaign on air and writing for CNN Politics Digital.
He joined CNN from ABC News where he was their senior Washington correspondent since 2013. He reported extensively on the 2014 midterm elections and the Republican Party as it gained control of the U.S. Senate. He also reported from Ferguson, Missouri, covering the protests in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting.
Zeleny has traveled to all 50 states and reported from more than two-dozen countries, across six continents. He is one of the country’s premier political journalists, covering his fifth presidential campaign.
Prior to ABC News, Zeleny was the national political correspondent for The New York Times. He was the paper’s lead reporter during the 2012 presidential election and covered Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign to the White House. Zeleny also covered the first two years of the Obama administration as a White House correspondent, traveling across the country and the world. He also covered Congress for the Times.
Before The New York Times, Zeleny was the national political correspondent for the Chicago Tribune where he covered the 2004 presidential campaign and the early years of the George W. Bush administration. He joined the Tribune in 2000 as a reporter on the Metropolitan desk in Chicago, where he was a member of the reporting team that won a Pulitzer Prize in explanatory journalism for documenting gridlock in the nation's air traffic system.
Zeleny began his journalism career at the Des Moines Register and is a native of Exeter, Nebraska. He lives in Washington, DC.