Snapchat is forever expanding. According to Politico, storied political correspondent Peter Hamby is leaving CNN to join Snapchat as Head of News. While Hamby will stay on as a CNN contributor through 2016, his new focus will be to lend his considerable political and digital acumen to the social media network as it continues to grow its news product.
Hamby has served as national political reporter at CNN for eight years, rising to prominence after embedding with presidential candidates during the 2008 and 2012 elections. This experience led to him publish "Did Twitter Kill the Boys on the Bus?" a paper that examined how social media changed political figures' relationships with reporters. With the 2016 election on the horizon, Hamby will more than likely be called upon to use his expertise to break ground at Snapchat.
"Snapchat is one of the most exciting young companies in the world."
"Snapchat is one of the most exciting young companies in the world," Hamby stated in an interview. "They have a big and growing audience, and we've seen Discover is a huge success. Their live stories around big events, around places both here and abroad, the potential to take users to new places — we can see some application of that with news."
Snapchat has moved aggressively into news media in the last few months. In January, the company launched Discover, a new feature that allows partner outlets like Vice and, of course, CNN to share stories cherry-picked from the news of the day. Snapchat has declined to comment.