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Portnoy Joins ABC News Radio as National Correspondent

He returns to the organization after eight years with CBS News Radio

Headshot of Steven Portnoy
Steven Portnoy. Photo by Delane Rouse

Steven Portnoy has joined — correction, rejoined — ABC News Radio as national correspondent.

“Steven has earned his reputation as an insightful, straightforward journalist with over two decades of reporting on politics and breaking news,” Vice President of ABC Audio Liz Alesse said in a memo to staff that was released for publication.

“As we embark on another pivotal presidential election season, ABC News Radio is committed to upholding those high ideals, and Steven’s integrity and tenacity as a journalist will help us achieve that mission.”

Portnoy joined ABC News in 2002 as an intern for the White House unit of “World News Tonight With Peter Jennings.” After several years as reporter and anchor for ABC station WMAL, in 2006 he became Washington correspondent for ABC News Radio, covering two presidential elections and the death of Osama bin Laden.

Subsequently he was White House correspondent for CBS News Radio for eight years, covering the Trump and Biden administrations, two more presidential elections and the Jan. 6 attacks at the Capitol. He reported on the prisoner swap that led to the release of Brittney Griner and hosted a special on the 1948 murder of correspondent George Polk.

He has won numerous awards and recently was president of the White House Correspondents’ Association.

Alesse quoted a speech by Portnoy at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in which he described journalists as “the guardians of the people’s right to know what their government is doing in their name with their money.”

You can watch his remarks in the C-SPAN video below.