Former Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms joining CNN as political commentator

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms talks to the media about her time as mayor on Dec. 20, 2021 at Atlanta City Hall. (Ben Gray for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Credit: Ben Gray

Credit: Ben Gray

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms talks to the media about her time as mayor on Dec. 20, 2021 at Atlanta City Hall. (Ben Gray for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Former Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is joining the ranks of CNN as a political commentator, she announced Monday.

Bottoms, who was a guest on CNN and other cable news shows throughout the pandemic and 2020 election cycle, said she applied to work at the Atlanta-based network when she was a student at Florida A&M University. The former mayor, who didn’t run for a second term last year, studied broadcast journalism at FAMU.

“To now join the team nearly 30 (years) later is a reminder that a dream deferred is never a dream denied,” Bottoms tweeted.

Bottoms also serves as vice chair of civic engagement and voter protection for the Democratic National Committee. She is set to be the first honorary fellow of the HBCU Executive Leadership Institute, a new effort based at Clark Atlanta University aimed at training people for careers as leaders of historically Black colleges and universities.

According to the CNN website, other political commentators include television fixtures Van Jones and Ana Navarro.

Former CNN political commentators include Andrew Yang, the former presidential hopeful and New York City mayoral candidate, and Symone Sanders, who later served as the chief spokeswoman for Vice President Kamala Harris.

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