At a launch party celebrating Jake Tapper‘s debut today on CNN‘s The Lead, network head Jeff Zucker called the former ABC reporter “the face of new CNN”, Politico reports. “This is the start of an incredible new era”, he added in remarks at Washington, D.C.’s Sixth Engine restaurant. Tapper’s new weekday show airs at 4pm daily with the newsman in place as chief Washington correspondent and anchor. In The Lead‘s inaugural broadcast Tapper interviewed Stephen Colbert about campaigning on behalf of his sister Elizabeth Colbert Busch, who’s running for office in South Carolina’s 1st congressional district.

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