CN8, The Comcast Network on Wednesday announced that Robert Traynham will join CN8 as its Washington D.C. bureau chief. Beginning Monday, October 8, Traynham will report from CN8’s state-of-the-art Capitol Hill studio and other D.C.-based events and landmarks to deliver breaking news and insider interviews for CN8’s original morning and issues-oriented programming. Traynham will also support CN8’s D.C.-based coverage of “America’s Next President,” the network’s most expansive political coverage initiative to date, which will track all of the major events and news leading up to and surrounding the 2008 presidential election.
“We are excited to welcome Robert to the CN8 team and are confident that his industry expertise and experience will further bolster CN8’s political coverage during this historic election year,” said Jon Gorchow, vice president and general manager of CN8, The Comcast Network. “Robert’s newly-created role is a testament to CN8’s focus on and commitment to Washington, D.C., and delivers on our mission to provide exclusive, comprehensive political content that is national in scope and local in impact.”
As Washington D.C. bureau chief, Traynham will be a regular contributor to CN8’s Emmy Award-winning programs, including “Your Morning,” “It’s Your Call with Lynn Doyle,” “Art Fennell Reports” and “Larry Kane: Voice of Reason.” Traynham will also support CN8 political director, Lynn Doyle, in the planning, production and reporting of high-visibility political events headlining the 2008 race to the White House. In addition, Traynham will host D.C.-based “Comcast Newsmakers,” five-minute interview segments with national and local officials, organizations, community leaders and other influencers.
Traynham has a strong background in public service and political communications. Prior to joining CN8, he worked for 10 years in the United States Senate. He also served as president of the United States Senate Press Secretaries Association, a bipartisan group of Senate Communicators. Most recently Traynham has served in senior communications positions with presidential and senatorial campaigns.
Traynham holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Arts degree in Political Communication from George Mason University. He currently serves as an associate professorial lecturer at The George Washington University where he teaches courses in strategy and message development. In addition, Traynham is a political analyst for National Public Radio and is on the Board of Directors of the AIDS Responsibility Project, a non-profit advocacy group.
Founded by Comcast Cable Eastern Division president, Michael Doyle, CN8 is today the nation’s largest and most recognized regional 24-hour cable network, producing live interactive issues-oriented, talk, sports and entertainment programming. CN8 serves more than nine million homes in 12 states and 20 television markets stretching from Maine to Washington, D.C. and Virginia. The network produces and airs more than 90 hours of original programming each week out of its six state-of-the-art studios in the Baltimore, Boston, Delaware, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. areas, and annually produces more than 200 local, regional and national sporting events.
CN8 launched in the Washington, D.C. market in September 2006 and opened its sixth East Coast studio in the nation’s Capitol in January 2007. Since then, CN8’s D.C. hub has been a hotbed of activity, hosting local and nationally renowned elected officials, organizations and other regional experts eager to share their views on politics, sports, entertainment, finance, issues and more with CN8’s East Coast audience. To support Traynham’s post as Washington D.C. bureau chief, CN8 has also appointed a D.C. staff photographer, installed a new state-of-the-art edit suite and instituted a major technology upgrade to the studio.