Tapper, the network’s lead Washington anchor, will anchor the 9 pm hour starting October 10 and continuing until November 11.
“The world has come to rely on Jake’s no-nonsense approach to covering the news, especially during high-stakes election cycles,” CNN chief executive Chris Licht said in a statement.
Licht added that the move will showcase Tapper’s “tough reporting, smart analysis and consequential interviews as our audiences navigate the myriad of issues at stake in the midterms.”
The announcement about Tapper was accompanied by a slew of other major programming changes.
Alisyn Camerota, co-anchor of “CNN Newsroom” in the afternoons, and Laura Coates, senior legal analyst, will anchor from 10 pm to midnight through the midterm elections, CNN said.
Licht said he believed “by adding the insights, experience and strong voices” of Camerota and Coates, CNN would expand on Tapper’s hard-hitting coverage and create “something complimentary and compelling in primetime.”
Meanwhile, John Berman and Brianna Keilar, who have hosted the “New Day” morning program that will end later this year, will each fill in for Tapper in the 4 pm hour.
Wolf Blitzer will then pick up an extra hour, anchoring from 5 pm to 7 pm Erin Burnett and Anderson Cooper will continue hosting their shows at their respective hours.