CNN Anchor John Roberts Joins Fox News

Former CNN anchor to be senior national correspondent

Last Updated: January 3, 2011 @ 11:35 AM

CNN anchor John Roberts is joining Fox News as a senior national correspondent.

Roberts, a veteran of the cable network and CBS, will be based in Atlanta. The move helps Fox News, the top cable news network, build its hard news credentials.

“We are excited to welcome John to FOX News," said Michael Clemente, senior vice president of news editorial for Fox News "His reputation as a skilled journalist with years of notable experience in the field will be a valuable addition to our news programming.”

CNN announced last month that the "American Morning" co-host, alongside Kiran Chetry, would leave the show. Roberts asked to stay in Atlanta to be near his fiancé, CNN anchor Kyra Phillips.

CNN head Ken Jautz said last month that a tone change was planned for "American Morning," and that he wanted the show to be "more upbeat and faster-paced."

Prior to joining "American Morning" in 2007, Roberts was CNN's senior national correspondent and anchor of "This Week at War."

Roberts has reported live from presidential debates, the Democratic and Republican national conventions, the war in Iraq the 2005 London bombings. He joined CNN in 2006 after 14 years with CBS News, where he was chief White House correspondent and chief medical correspondent, and the anchor of the weekend editions of "CBS Evening News."