State of the Union (American TV program)

State of the Union, branded as State of the Union with Jake Tapper and Dana Bash, is an American Sunday talk show and political discussion television program hosted by Jake Tapper on CNN and broadcast around the world by CNN International. It has been broadcast since its debut in January 2009.

State of the Union with Jake Tapper and Dana Bash
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Directed byReza Baktar
Presented byJake Tapper
Dana Bash
Country of originUnited States
Production locationsCNN Studios Washington, D.C.
Running time60 minutes
Original networkCNN
Original releaseJanuary 18, 2009 (2009-01-18) –
Related showsThe Lead with Jake Tapper
Inside Politics
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The program is broadcast from 9:00 am to 10:00 am ET, with a replay at noon to 1:00 pm ET from CNN's studios in Washington D.C.


The program premiered on January 18, 2009, originally with John King as host, and aired from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm ET (though only the 9:00 am and noon ET hours are simulcast on CNN International) and from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm ET. It features news analysis and interviews with politicians, reporters, and newsmakers, as well as the "Magic Wall", an interactive touch screen map previously used by King to cover the 2008 presidential election. At four hours long, it was by far the longest of the Sunday talk shows. It was created as a merger between Reliable Sources and Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer; Reliable Sources continued unchanged as a one-hour "segment" of State of the Union. On February 11, 2009, CNN announced it had hired former Meet the Press producer Michelle Jaconi as the executive producer of the program.

On a January 31, 2010, broadcast, John King announced that senior political correspondent Candy Crowley would become the new anchor of the program,[1] following King's move to take over Lou Dobbs' former timeslot.[2] In the move, the program was cut from four hours to one, and the Reliable Sources "show within a show" was spun off once again as its own program.

In December 2014, Candy Crowley announced her departure from the network. On April 24, 2015, CNN announced that Jake Tapper would take over as the program's host.

In January 2021, CNN announced that Dana Bash would join Tapper as a co-host. The two will alternate Sundays hosting.[3]


  1. ^ "Candy Crowley to Take Anchor Chair of CNN's State of the Union". (Press release). Turner Newsroom. 2010-01-31. Retrieved 2010-01-31.
  2. ^ "John King to Helm New Daily Political Program on CNN" (Press release). Turner Newsroom. 2010-11-12. Retrieved 2010-01-31.
  3. ^ Business, Brian Stelter, CNN. "CNN announces promotions for Jake Tapper, Abby Phillip, Dana Bash and others". CNN. Retrieved 2021-01-11.

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Preceded by
Inside Politics
CNN Sunday lineup
9:00 am – 10:00 am
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (replay)
Succeeded by
Fareed Zakaria GPS