Vice President and CNN Political Director
David Chalian is a vice president and CNN's Political Director where he oversees political coverage across all CNN platforms.
David Chalian is CNN's Vice President of Political Coverage and Political Director. In his role, Chalian oversees CNN's daily political coverage across all platforms. He also leads CNN's Political Unit including the polling and decision desk operations and helps guide the editorial content for the network's special event political programming. Chalian also plays an instrumental role in the network's daily coverage by providing on-air political analysis across the network's programs.
Prior to arriving at CNN, Chalian served as Vice President for Video Programming at POLITICO where he oversaw all of the video efforts including POLITICO LIVE special events coverage and all new video program and product development. Before that, Chalian served as Washington Bureau Chief for Yahoo! News, Political Editor and on-air political analyst for PBS NewsHour, and ABC News' Political Director.
While at the PBS NewsHour, Chalian oversaw the 2010 midterm political coverage that won the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for excellence in television political journalism. He won an Emmy Award as part of the team that produced ABC News' presidential inauguration coverage in January 2009.
Prior to joining ABC News, Chalian produced "Inside City Hall," a widely acclaimed nightly political program for NY1 News. Chalian resides in Washington, D.C. and is a graduate of Northwestern University.