John King, CNN's chief national correspondent, has been named as the new host of the network's 7 p.m. hour after Lou Dobb's sudden departure Wednesday night. King, a reporter with the news channel since 1997, will host an hour-long nightly politics show along with State of the Union on Sundays. CNN president Jon Klein said King's show will "reflect what CNN is all about: straight facts from our anchors and the widest range of opinions from across the political spectrum." Dobbs, one of CNN’s original anchors, resigned on air after his repeated misstatements about immigration and his pursuit of the discredited "birther" story made him a source of controversy at the network.
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