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Bob Franken      

Former CNN Political Correspondent

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 covered combat in both Iraq wars, the White House during the George W. Bush Administration, the impeachment proceedings of President Bill Clinton, the Supreme Court and Capitol Hill. He forced world attention on the Guantanamo Bay prison camp with extensive, on-location reporting.

With over 20 years at CNN, Franken served as the network’s White House and Supreme Court reporter and Capitol Hill correspondent. He covered breaking news including the 9/11 attacks and numerous presidential and congressional campaigns. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Franken began his broadcast career in Marshfield, Wisconsin. He has worked as a reporter and anchorman in Cleveland, Ohio; bureau manager at the NBC affiliate in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and as a deputy assignment manager for CBS News in Washington, DC.

One of Franken’s most memorable stories 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.


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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 todays political news. He shares with audiences the spin behind the headlines and counters the spin with his political insight and experience. Franken is widely respected for his knack of taking a tempestuous or complex story on a wide range of subjectsfrom the politics to the Supreme Court docketand making it understandable for his audience. Using his personal style thats always seeking the irony, Franken delivers his presentation with wit and candor that leaves audiences enlightened and smiling.

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