By Howard Kurtz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 30, 2007 3:36 PM
CBS News has again raided CNN in an effort to beef up its staff in the Katie Couric era.
Jeff Greenfield, a senior political analyst for the cable network for nine years, has agreed to join CBS as the presidential campaign gears up. CBS recently hired general assignment reporter Kelly Wallace and technology correspondent Daniel Sieberg away from CNN, and has made CNN anchor Anderson Cooper a "60 Minutes contributor."
Greenfield worked as a media analyst for CBS in 1980, but he made his reputation during 14 years at ABC, where he reported for such programs as "Nightline" and "World News." The deal was confirmed by people familiar with the matter who declined to be identified discussing a personnel move that has not been made public.
"We're in discussions, and I don't believe in negotiating in the newspapers," said Robert Barnett, Greenfield's lawyer.
Those familiar with the deal say CNN made Greenfield an attractive offer but that he wanted to return to a broadcast network and work with two executives who were close colleagues at ABC. One is Rick Kaplan, who began this month as executive producer of the "CBS Evening News," and the other is Paul Friedman, now a CBS vice president.
Greenfield, who once hosted a late-night CNN show that was canceled after a brief run, has been concerned that the network has not used him more frequently, say those who know him. A onetime aide to Mayor John Lindsay and Sen. Robert Kennedy in New York who has won three Emmy awards, Greenfield was first approached by CBS News President Sean McManus early this year.
Traffic between the two networks in not entirely one way. CNN last year hired John Roberts, a high-profile anchor who had been considered a potential successor to Dan Rather before Couric got the job.