Laura Coates has been promoted to chief legal analyst at CNN, the network announced Friday.
The host of SiriusXM’s “The Laura Coates Show” will continue guest anchoring across CNN programming, a duty that has previously seen the legal expert serving as an anchor for CNN’s prime time programs and hosting impactful specials, including a CNN Town Hall. She previously served as senior legal analyst for the news network.
Already a renowned constitutional expert, attorney, commentator, author and former adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of Law, Coates has risen through CNN’s ranks by bringing her expertise to matters as high-profile as the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, the Jan. 6 insurrection on the Capitol and its subsequent hearings, former president Donald Trump’s dual impeachments and more.
On the latter, she also hosted a special, “White House in Crisis: The Impeachment Inquiry.” Other CNN highlights with the network have included special primetime coverage on the criminal trial of Alex Murdaugh and the mass shooting at Uvalde Elementary School, as well as the town hall “Mayors Who Matter: A CNN Town Hall on Race and COVID-19.”
Outside of CNN and hosting duties on “The Laura Coates Show” on SiriusXM, Coates is also the New York Times bestselling author of 2022’s “Just Pursuit: A Black Prosecutor’s Fight for Fairness.”