Bob Franken

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CNN journalist embedded with US troops during 2003 Iraq war

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In office
1985 - 2007
Embedded reporter with US forces during 2003 Iraq war.

Robert E. "Bob" Franken is an American journalist and frequent guest on MSNBC. Franken was CNN's primary correspondent in President Clinton's impeachment. He specializes in political reporting and often uses puns in his commentaries. In early 2007[1] Franken's contract was not renewed by CNN and he moved to rival MSNBC.


After leaving the University of Wisconsin after his freshman year, Franken began his career as news director at Marshfield, Wisconsin radio station WDLB.[2] Then from 1970 to 1979, Franken was a news reporter at WJW-TV, then a CBS-TV affiliate in Cleveland. Franken reported on the great blizzards of 1977 and 1978 there, the financial default of the city, and the desegregation of the Cleveland Public Schools ruling by the late U.S. District Court Judge Frank J. Battisti. For his coverage of the Cleveland mayoral recall election of 1978, Franken won an Emmy Award.[2] Franken became a reporter and bureau manager for Pittsburgh television station WPXI in 1981 and then became assignment editor and producer with the CBS News bureau in Washington, D.C. in 1983.[3][4]

He began his CNN career in 1986 as a general assignment correspondent. During the 1990 Iraq war, Franken spent several weeks reporting on military action. Franken also covered the 1992 presidential campaigns and the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. [3]

Franken was CNN's principal correspondent for the network's coverage of the impeachment and trial of President Bill Clinton.[3]

He covered the White House during George W. Bush's presidency. During 2003's invasion of Iraq, Franken was one of CNN's 18 embedded journalists who traveled with the military and reported from the frontlines.

He also reported extensively on the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.[4]

He is a cousin of former Minnesota Senator Al Franken.[5]


A Quote by Bob Franken

Barack Obama/Presidency“In spite of the promise of “Change you can believe in,” it looks like things are basically UNchanged”HuffPost


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