Jake Tapper to get limited prime-time gig

Jake Tapper to get limited prime-time gig
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Jake Tapper, arguably CNN's breakout star of the 2016 election season, is set for a limited run in prime time on the network next week.

“The Lead” and “State of the Union” host will anchor CNN’s 9 p.m. timeslot as the network presents special coverage of President Trump’s first 100 days in office. 

Tapper, formerly a senior White House correspondent for ABC News, will host both “The Lead” at 4 p.m. and the 9 p.m. Trump special during the week of April 24. 

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It will mark a big week for the 48-year-old Tapper, who will receive the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism on April 28 in Washington, D.C. 

The Dartmouth graduate won “for his fearless advocacy for the truth throughout the election cycle. Jurors said his interviewing ‘relentlessness’ held officials to account and equipped voters with valuable information about the candidates,” according to award administrators. 

Univision's Jorge Ramos and NBC News's Katy Tur also will be honored with individual awards. 

Fox News introduced “The First 100 Days” 7 p.m. weeknight program, hosted by Martha MacCallum, just before Trump took office in January. 

MSNBC has offered specials marking Trump milestones as well, including “Trump’s First Month: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” hosted by Chris Matthews, in February.