Rachel Smolkin is an American journalist based in Washington, D.C. She is the Vice President and Executive Editor of CNN Politics, spearheading the network's coverage of politics and Washington across CNN's global digital platforms.   
Smolkin has created and assembled a nearly 50-person team by drawing on talent from 20 of the nation's top news organizations, including POLITICO , the Washington Post, the New York Times, Yahoo, Bloomberg, and the Los Angeles Times.  
She joined CNN from Politico, where she served as managing editor of news and oversaw news and enterprise coverage that led the website, as well as the daily news report. Smolkin also served as deputy managing editor and White House editor. Before that, she worked at USA Today, where she supervised the White House and legal affairs teams, and served as managing editor of American Journalism Review.