Abilio James Acosta (born April 1971), known professionally as Jim Acosta, is CNN's Senior White House Correspondent. Previously, he served as the network's National Political Correspondent.
Early life and education
Graduated from Annandale High School (Annandale, VA) in 1989. Acosta earned a bachelor's degree in mass communication (with a minor in political science) in 1993 from James Madison University. While in school, Acosta volunteered for WXJM, the student-run radio station, and also worked as a reporter at WSVA, a local radio station.
Acosta began his professional career in radio. His first job was with WMAL in Washington, D.C.. In 1994, Acosta left WMAL and entered television, joining WTTG-TV as a desk assistant. In 1995, Acosta moved in front of the camera, becoming a reporter and substitute anchor at WBIR-TV in Knoxville, Tennessee. He remained in that job until 1998. From 1998 until 2000, Acosta worked as a reporter for KTVT-TV in Dallas. From 2000 until 2001, Acosta was a reporter for WBBM-TV in Chicago. From 2001 until 2003, Acosta worked as a correspondent for CBS News' Newspath service, based both in Dallas and Chicago. From February 2003 until March 2007, Acosta was a correspondent for CBS News and was based first in New York and then in Atlanta. At CBS News, Acosta covered the 2004 campaign of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, the Iraq War from Baghdad, and Hurricane Katrina. In April 2007, Acosta joined CNN. During the following year, Acosta covered the 2008 presidential campaigns of Democratic candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, frequently appearing as an anchor of CNN's weekend political program, "Ballot Bowl." Acosta later joined CNN's "American Morning" program as a correspondent and contributed to the network's coverage of the 2010 mid-term congressional election. In February 2012, CNN promoted Acosta to the position of National Political Correspondent. In his role as National Political Correspondent, Acosta was the network's lead correspondent in covering the 2012 presidential campaign of Republican nominee Mitt Romney. He has since been promoted to Senior White House Correspondent.
Acosta and his wife, Sharon Mobley Stow, live in the Washington, D.C. area.