"CNN national political reporter Peter Hamby is joining Snapchat Inc. as head of news. Hamby, who joined CNN nearly a decade ago, becomes the most notable hire for Snapchat's months-old media-partnerships operation. The Venice start-up's app introduced a section in January for its mostly young users to get a pinch of news from sources such as CNN, National Geographic and People. It added to Snapchat's core functionality: Sharing photos and videos to friends or even to all users. The fast-rising company has already brought in executives and advisers who were once at Amazon, Google, Credit Suisse and Apple.
CNN described Hamby as an early adopter of social media. On a fellowship at Harvard University two years ago, Hamby wrote a paper -- "Did Twitter Kill the Boys on the Bus" -- on the role the social media service played in the 2012 presidential election. He'll remain a contributor to CNN Digital on contract through 2016."