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Hayes Joins CNN As Political Contributor

Frequent CNN guest Stephen Hayes, has made it official by signing on with the network as a political contributor, network officials said Monday.

Currently a senior writer at The Weekly Standard, Hayes will appear on the full line-up of CNN programming as part of the network’s ideologically diverse group of analysts and contributors.

Hayes has a history of reporting on the political world. In addition to his work with The Weekly Standard, Hayes’ writings have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Review, Reason and many other publications. Most recently, Hayes wrote Cheney: The Untold Story of America’s Most Powerful and Controversial Vice President, a biography of Vice President Dick Cheney.

“Steve is a well-respected and knowledgeable journalist who already has become a natural part of CNN’s political coverage,” Sam Feist, CNN’s political director, said in a prepared statement. “As part of the ‘Best Political Team on Television,’ Steve will help CNN in its commitment to go beyond political spin and present viewers with the most in-depth and bipartisan insights.”

Prior to joining The Weekly Standard, Hayes served as a senior writer for National Journal’s Hotline. Previously, he spent six years as director of the Institute on Political Journalism at Georgetown University. A native of Wisconsin, Hayes graduated from DePauw University and earned a master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.