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Former Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms joins CNN as political commentator

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. File/Credit: © Celine Admiraal, CAPhotoVision

Keisha Lance Bottoms announced an opportunity that she calls a “dream” of hers on her social media.

By Allison Joyner

This morning, former Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said she will be joining the CNN team. 

“I am thrilled to officially announce that I have joined CNN as a political commentator,” Bottoms said in a tweet. 

In 2020 Bottoms made several appearances on the news channel. First when she was commenting on the social unrest happening in the capital city and second during the 2020 campaign season for President. 

In addition to working with the Atlanta-based cable network, Bottoms is currently serving as Vice-Chair of Civic Engagement and Voter Protection for the Democratic National Committee and HBCU Executive Leadership Institute fellow at Clark Atlanta University.


Her tweet also revealed that she applied for a position in CNN’s entry-level Video Journalist (VJ) program, where she would have worked in several behind-the-camera roles like floor directing, teleprompting and production support shortly after graduating from Florida A&M University. 

“To now join the team nearly 30 years later is a reminder that a dream deferred is never a dream denied,” the former mayor said.

No word yet on when Bottoms’s network news debut will


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