CNN promotes White House correspondents Mattingly and Lee

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Phil Mattingly

Phil Mattingly has been promoted to Chief White House Correspondent. Mattingly previously served as senior White House correspondent covering the Biden administration where he reported in depth on the policy and personnel driving the administration’s first two years in office.

Prior to moving to the White House beat in January 2021, Mattingly was a congressional correspondent. He was also part of the team that won the Radio & Television Correspondents Association David Bloom Award for coverage of the January 6th Attack on the US Capitol, where Mattingly was based on that day.

Before joining CNN, Mattingly worked at BloombergNews and Television in Washington, D.C. Mattingly graduated from the Ohio State University in 2006, where he was a scholar varsity athlete. He received his Master’s Degree in journalism from Boston University in 2008

 

MJ Lee

MJ Lee has been promoted to Senior White House Correspondent.

Lee began covering the White House for CNN in 2021. She has broken news on some of the Biden administration’s most consequential policy decisions, including around the nationwide baby formula shortage, the White House’s student loan debt forgiveness plan and public health emergencies like monkeypox and COVID.

Lee was previously based in CNN’s New York bureau and covered the 2020 presidential election as a political correspondent for the network, focusing on Elizabeth Warren’s campaign during the primaries before reporting on Biden’s general election campaign and the transition.

Before joining CNN in 2015, Lee was a finance and politics reporter at Politico. She was born in South Korea and grew up in Hong Kong, and has a bachelor’s degree in government and Chinese from Georgetown University. She is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association and is currently based in Washington, DC, where she lives with her husband Alex, daughter Penelope and dog Bandit.

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