LOS ANGELES - CNN's loss is CBS' election coverage gain: Veteran reporter and analyst Jeff Greenfield is leaving the cable news channel to work as senior political correspondent for CBS News.
Greenfield, who has been with CNN since 1998, worked at CBS News from 1979 to '83 as its media commentator. He begins his new job May 1, contributing to CBS' evening newscast and other programs.
He's known for his sharp political and media analysis as well as his wry perspective on events.
"As we gear up for the 2008 elections, he will add even more depth and expertise to CBS News' political coverage," Sean McManus, president of CBS News and Sports, said Monday announcing the appointment.
Greenfield, who worked for ABC News from 1983 to '97, said he looked forward to being reunited with Paul Friedman and Rick Kaplan, one-time ABC colleagues now at CBS.
Kaplan, also a former CNN president, was recently named executive producer of Katie Couric's struggling "CBS Evening News" broadcast. Friedman is CBS News vice president.
To work with the pair on "a wide range of political and cultural stories, for an audience in the millions, it was simply impossible not to accept," Greenfield said.
During his tenure at CNN, Greenfield has served as lead analyst for its coverage of conventions, elections and Supreme Court confirmation hearings and has reported on the media, culture and trends.
A native of New York City, he's a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and Yale Law School. He's received three Emmys, two for his reporting from South Africa and one for a profile of Ross Perot, and is anchor of PBS's "CEO Exchange."