CBS News Announces Reporting Embeds For 2024 Election Campaign
CBS News announcing a team of 2024 campaign reporters who will serve as embeds, tasked with the intense and comprehensive coverage of candidates and issues out on the trail.
The new team includes Nidia Cavazos, Shawna Mizelle, Allison Novelo, Olivia Rinaldi, Jake Rosen and Taurean Small.
The network also is expanding political and campaign roles for Camilo Montoya-Galvez, Aaron Navarro, Zak Hudak and Cristina Corujo. They will focus on covering the campaign through the eyes of voters, on issues like immigration, the economy and climate change. The network’s political coverage also will include, for the first time, Spanish-language reports.
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The journalist embeds will report across the network’s platforms, including for the CBS News Streaming Network and America Decides. The show, led by executive producer of Washington streaming coverage Allison Sandza debuted earlier this year in place of Red & Blue. It features a team of the network’s anchors and correspondents and has been going on location to political hot spots, like the recent GOP debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.
The embeds all have previous experience at major outlets. Cavazos was previously a national correspondent for Univision in Houston, and produced, wrote and delivered daily stories for the network newscasts. Mizelle was a breaking news writer at CNN who covered politics for CNN.com. Novelo was a general assignment reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, covering breaking news and enterprise stories. Rinaldi was an associate producer for the CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell, working directly with the anchor and helping to launch the streaming series Person to Person with Norah O’Donnell. Rosen previously was an associate producer for Face the Nation and the CBS News Political Unit, and also has reported on breaking political news from D.C., including federal court cases and Capitol Hill developments. Small was a Washington-based correspondent for Spectrum News, covering the Wisconsin delegation, current events and the White House beat as a rotating national politics reporter.
Mary Hager, the executive editor for politics and executive producer of Face the Nation, said that they were looking for journalists “who recognized this was an opportunity of a lifetime.” Hager, who served as an embed in 1996 covering Bob Dole, said that the reporters will be “our eyes and ears on the road” during the campaign, adding that they will be crucial to the network’s campaign coverage. “We are so thrilled with this group,” she said.
Fin Gómez, CBS News political director, compared the experience of being an embed to The Amazing Race, given the fast-paced reporting required during the campaign. He served as an embed in 2008, reporting on seven different candidates, and he later followed the campaigns of Mitt Romney in 2012, Hillary Clinton in 2016 and Donald Trump in 2020. He noted that the new class already has extensive experience in the field covering local and statewide politics and “they know the fast-moving pace of the digital world.”
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