CNN anchor Jake Tapper is one of the three moderators at the final round of GOP presidential debates held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on September 16 (8pm, CNN). Unlike moderator Hugh Hewitt, Tapper is a Democrat. Tapper worked as campaign press secretary for Democratic congressional candidate Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky in Pennsylvania in the 1990s and worked briefly for Handgun Control Inc. (now the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence).
Dartmouth grad Tapper landed his first full-time writing gig at the Washington City Paper where he wrote the 1998 article, “I Dated Monica Lewinsky.” Tapper wrote: “Clinton apparently saw in her either a consummately gullible kid, or maybe, just maybe, he was taken by the same thing I was: an absence of jade, a willingness to look around the next corner, a sweetness that is rare in a city built on bitter and sour and salty.” Tapper went on to become Washington correspondent for Salon (1999-2002). He joined ABC News in 2003 (contributing to ABC’s This Week, Good Morning America, World News, Nightline); joined CNN in 2012; and got his own show, The Lead with Jake Tapper, in January 2013. Think he regrets writing that Monica story? We don’t think so either. P.S. He married Jennifer Brown in 2006. At the time, she was a regional field manager in Washington for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.