Robert Costa, a renowned political journalist, joins CBS News

Robert Costa, the top political reporter, is leaving his longtime home at the Washington Post to become a full-time television reporter at CBS News, where he will serve as the network’s chief election and campaign correspondent.

The move, announced Thursday, is notable as much for Mr. Costa’s stature as a sought-after columnist of national politics and for his decision to step down from one of print journalism’s most important roles. Mr Costa, 36, gained attention for his coverage of Congress in the right-wing National Review magazine before joining The Post in 2014.

He is also the second well-known correspondent to leave The Post in recent days. David Fahrenthold, a 21-year veteran of the newspaper and Pulitzer Prize winner for his investigations into the Trump family’s charitable donations, joined The New York Times this month.

Mr. Costa, who wrote the book “Peril” with Bob Woodward last year, has a lot of television news experience. He was moderator of “Washington Week” on PBS from 2017 to 2020, and was a regular present from 2015 to 2020 on the MSNBC and NBC News programs, where he was a political analyst.

“I’ve worked across multiple platforms for much of my career, and I think this is a vital time for me to grow as a storyteller and flex my muscles as a TV reporter,” said Mr. Costa in an interview. “It excites me like a new challenge.”

Mr. Costa is a major recruit to Neeraj Khemlani, the executive who took charge of CBS News last spring. Mr. Khemlani was an unexpected choice for the role which went to CBS from Hearst, a company better known as a magazine publisher. It focused on reinventing a legendary news division — the former home of Edward R. Murrow — that has struggled in recent years to compete with ABC and NBC.

In the interview, Mr. Costa said he and Mr. Khemlani began discussing a possible role with the network in November. “It started with casual conversations about the future of American democracy and the importance of the years ahead,” Costa said. He said the two had “built a bond”.

Mr. Costa said his agreement with CBS would allow him to continue collaborating on certain reporting projects with The Post.

“I’m lucky to call Sally Buzbee and Fred Ryan friends,” Mr Costa said, referring to the newspaper’s editor and publisher. “These are people I have worked closely with and I appreciate their support for this decision.”

CBS News filled several big roles this year. Mark X. Lima, the network’s former West Coast bureau chief, is now Washington bureau chief. Anthony Galloway, chief content officer of the Wall Street Journal, joins CBS to oversee its streaming news programming.

There are no plans for Mr. Costa to host his own show. He is expected to appear on news programs on CBS broadcast and streaming platforms and play a major role in the network’s coverage of the 2022 midterm elections and the 2024 presidential race.

Mr. Costa, who grew up in Pennsylvania, interned with famous TV presenters George Stephanopoulos and Charlie Rose early in his career. He made a name for himself on the national stage with a series of scoops on the Republican-led federal shutdown in 2013, earning a profile in New York magazine which declared him “the golden boy of government shutdown”.

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