Jacob Paul Tapper is an American journalist and author. As of 2013, he is the Chief Washington Correspondent and anchor of the CNN weekday television news show The Lead with Jake Tapper. Prior to working with CNN, he worked with ABC News. In his capacity as Senior White House Correspondent with ABC News, the White House Correspondents' Association honored him with three Merriman Smith Memorial Awards for broadcast journalism.
He contributed to coverage of the inauguration of President Obama that earned an Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story. He was part of a team that was awarded an Edward R. Murrow award for Video: Breaking News for “Target bin Laden: The Death of Public Enemy #1.” As the Senior White House Correspondent for ABC News, Tapper was honored with three Merriman Smith Memorial Awards for broadcast journalism an unprecedented three times in a row. His book, The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, debuted at No. 10 on the New York Times Bestseller list for hardback non-fiction.