Paula Reid Named CNN’s Chief Legal Affairs Correspondent

Paula Reid, has been named CNN‘s chief legal affairs correspondent, a vote of confidence in the reporter who joined the Warner Bros. Discovery-backed outlet in 2021.

Reid has been highly visible on CNN in recent months, covering federal and state investigations into former President Trump as well as a Special Counsel probe into President Biden’s handling of classified documents during his time as vice president. Reid was part of a team that broke the news that Trump had been captured on audio tape discussing a classified document he kept after leaving the White House. She has also been spotted working as a substitute anchor for various personnel.

Reid takes on the role as Laura Coates, who had been chief legal analyst for CNN, moves to host an 11 p.m. news program called “Laura Coates Live.”

She had worked previously for CBS News, which she joined in 2010. While there, she worked her way up to becoming a White House correspondent after covering the justice beat. She led CBS News’ coverage of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and major developments related to the Mueller probe.

Reid graduated from the College of William & Mary in 2005, where she double majored in psychology and English. She earned her JD from Villanova University School Law and went on to pass Bar Exams for both New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Separately, CNN named Camila DeChalus as White House reporter based in Washington, D.C. DeChalus previously was a congressional reporter for The Washington Post where she covered key players on Capitol Hill

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