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Robert E. "Bob" Franken (born 1941) is an American journalist and frequent guest on MSNBC. Franken was CNN's primary correspondent in President Clinton's impeachment. He specializes in political reporting and often uses puns in his commentaries. In early 2007 Franken's contract was not renewed by CNN and he moved to rival MSNBC.
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Franken began his career as news director at Marshfield, Wisconsin radio station WDLB. Then from 1970 to 1979, Franken was a news reporter at WJW-TV, then a CBS-TV affiliate in Cleveland. Franken reported on the great blizzards of 1977 and 1978 there, the financial default of the city, and the desegregation of the Cleveland Public Schools ruling by the late U.S. District Court Judge Frank J. Battisti. For his coverage of the Cleveland mayoral recall election of 1978, Franken won an Emmy Award. Franken became a reporter and bureau manager for Pittsburgh television station WPXI in 1981 and then became assignment editor and producer with the CBS News bureau in Washington, D.C. in 1983.
He covered combat in both Iraq wars, the White House during the George W. Bush administration, the Clinton scandals, the Supreme Court, and Congress for ten years. He also reportedly extensively on the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.
Franken was recently inducted into the Society for Professional Journalists Washington Hall of Fame. He is a cousin of Minnesota Senator Al Franken. His columns, "an extended middle finger pointed in all directions", are syndicated by King Features to US newspapers.
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