January 12, 2021
Philadelphia residents will see a familiar face when watching CNN's Capitol Hill coverage next week.
Jessica Dean, a former CBS3 anchor, has been assigned to serve as a Congressional correspondent beginning Jan. 20 — the date of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. She will be one of five CNN journalists covering the Democratic-controlled Congress during the Biden administration.
Dean shared the news on Twitter. Since joining CNN in 2018, Dean has served as a Washington correspondent and covered Biden's presidential campaign.
Before jumping to the cable news network, Dean spent five years as an "Eyewitness News" reporter and co-anchor of CBS3's weekday evening newscasts at 5, 6, and 11 p.m. She also anchored the 10 p.m. newscast on CW Philly 57.
Dean's political coverage started well before joining CNN. She began covering state politics as an anchor and reporter in her hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas.
During her tenure at CBS3, Dean was an anchor during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in 2016. She also reported from Hillary Clinton's campaign headquarters in New York City on election night.
In 2017, Dean anchored President Donald Trump's inauguration and moderated one of New Jersey's two gubernatorial debates.
Dean, 35, is a graduate of the University of Southern California and married to Blake Rutherford, a former campaign staffer for President Bill Clinton who has remained involved in Democratic politics.
CNN changed a number of its White House and and congressional correspondents' assignments this week to coincide with the start of President-elect Joe Biden's administration. Joining Dean on Capitol Hill will be correspondents Lauren Fox and Ryan Nobles and Capitol Hill reporter Daniella Diaz. Manu Raju has been named CNN's chief congressional correspondent.
Philadelphia native Jake Tapper will server as the network's lead anchor for all major Washington events and his weekday show, "The Lead with Jake Tapper" will expand by one hour, airing 4-6 p.m. daily.