Bob Franken

  • Emmy Award-Winning Reporter

As a former CNN political correspondent, Bob Franken has been calling the political play-by-play for years. Through Franken, millions of viewers have had a front-row seat at nearly every U.S. political battle of wills for the past few decades.

 
  

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With over 30 years of experience in journalism, Bob Franken knows the players and the playbook, providing audiences shrewd insight behind the spin of today’s political news. He shares with audiences the spin behind the headlines and counters the spin with his political insight and experience. ...

With over 30 years of experience in journalism, Bob Franken knows the players and the playbook, providing audiences shrewd insight behind the spin of today’s political news. He shares with audiences the spin behind the headlines and counters the spin with his political insight and experience. Using his personal style that’s always seeking the irony, Franken delivers his presentation with wit and candor that leaves audiences enlightened and smiling.

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Biography

Emmy® Award-winning reporter Bob Franken has been there live throughout 30 years’ worth of unfolding dramas, reporting on national political campaigns, international conflicts and major natural disasters. He has covered combat in both Iraq wars, the White House during the President George W. Bush
administration, the impeachment proceedings of President Bill
Clinton, the Supreme Court and Congress, and he forced world
attention on the Guantanamo Bay prison camp with extensive on location reporting.

During a 20-plus-year career at CNN, Franken served as the
network’s Capitol Hill correspondent and as a Supreme Court
and White House reporter. He covered breaking news, including the 9/11 attacks and countless presidential and congressional campaigns.

A native of Baltimore, Franken began his broadcast career in Marshfield, Wisc. He has worked as a reporter and anchorman in Cleveland; as a bureau manager at NBC in Pittsburgh; and as a deputy assignment manager in Washington, D.C. for CBS News.

One of Franken’s most memorable stories, he says, was his exclusive coverage of the escape of Iraq War American POWs who had been given up for dead. He had the “incredible experience of changing the agony of their families to sheer joy by reporting the news from 8,000 miles away.”

With a knack for sharp storytelling and a piquant wit, Bob Franken shares his own unique perspective on the news and newsmakers of our time.