Tapper ’91 may host ABC’s ‘This Week’
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The rumor mill is swirling.
ABC News White House correspondent Jake Tapper ’91 is on the shortlist to succeed George Stephanopoulos as host of ABC’s “This Week” political talk show, according to the Associated Press. Stephanopoulos was tapped to host “Good Morning America” after Diane Sawyer was picked to replace Charles Gibson on “World News.”
Tapper, who has filled in for Stephanopoulos on “This Week” on multiple occasions, could not be reached for comment. Stephanopoulos will continue anchoring “This Week” until his replacement is named.
Terry Moran, co-anchor of ABC’s “Nightline,” is also a top contender for the spot on “This Week.” ABC News President David Westin said that there is no immediate timetable for the announcement of Stephanopoulos’ successor, according to the Associated Press.
“From what we’re hearing, it sounds like Terry Moran would be the favorite,” Steve Krakauer, television editor for Mediaite, a news and opinion blog that covers the media industry, said in an interview with The Dartmouth. “‘Nightline’ has three anchors on it, so it sounds like they might not need a replacement [for Moran]. It would be a good financial decision.”
Tapper’s young age and relative inexperience covering hard news would make him a more surprising choice as Stephanopoulos’ successor, Krakauer said. Tapper, who has served as White House correspondent since Nov. 5, 2008, is considered a potential candidate due to his reputation for unbiased reporting, Krakauer said.
“Jake is largely viewed by left and right as a fair and objective journalist,” he said. “As much as Stephanopoulos worked to keeping objectivity, he couldn’t escape the fact the fact he worked in the Clinton White House. Jake Tapper has done a great job of really being objective. During the first year of the Obama administration, he’s a name that stands out as being fair to both sides.”
In hosting “This Week,” Tapper would become more established among political circles in Washington, D.C., thus enhancing his career, according to Krakauer.
“He’d have one of the most high-profile jobs in network news,” Krakauer said. “[Anchoring ‘This Week’] is very much an inside-Washington type role. It’s hard news, and for someone like Jake Tapper who is young and still trying to get established, it would help him do just that.”
Gwen Ifill, moderator of PBS’ “Washington Week” and senior correspondent for “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” is also a contender for Stephanopoulos’ position, according to Krakauer.
ABC News executives will likely postpone announcing the host of “This Week” to early January so that they do not steer any attention away from Sawyer’s new role as ABC’s “World News” anchor, Krakauer said. Sawyer will replace Gibson on “World News” starting Dec. 21.