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For Christiane Amanpour, commute will be shorter than some she's had

Christiane Amanpour will travel to D.C. to host ABC's "This Week." (Ida Astute/ABC News).

One of the questions when Christiane Amanpour took the anchor spot at ABC's "This Week" was how the longtime globetrotting star of CNN would take to life and work rooted inside the Beltway.

Her work may be here -- ABC reps tell us she spent most of May and June in Washington preparing for the new job. But much of her life will remain in New York City. She and her husband, Jamie Rubin, plan to keep their current home: With his work as an adjunct professor at Columbia University and their 10-year-old son Darius happily in school in the city, they're not planning to scout out D.C. real estate anytime soon.

Instead, Amanpour -- who makes her debut on the three-decade-old Sunday morning political-affairs talkfest this weekend -- will commute from Manhattan for the time being. A rough routine? She's joked to colleagues that it's not such a big deal: When she first met Rubin, the Clinton-era State Department spokesman, she had to commute to Washington from Bosnia. But the family -- just off a European vacation -- will spend August together in the District, staying at the home of a friend. And Amanpour is planning to plunge into Beltway culture, making the rounds at the same kind of industry events and do-gooder affairs where her "This Week" predecessor, George Stephanopoulos, was a regular.

Also debuting along with Amanpour on Sunday: brand-new theme music for the show, by trumpeter Chris Botti -- yes, trivia geeks, the winsome musician who dated Katie Couric a few years back. ABC reps said that Botti, a fan of the foreign correspondent, volunteered the idea to the network and partnered with veteran music producer David Foster to write and perform the snappy new fanfare.

By The Reliable Source  |  July 29, 2010; 1:05 AM ET
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Posted by: bandmom22 | July 29, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

I'm confident that Ms. Amanpour will be infinitely more competent than Jake Tapper, but it still bugs me that a Brit is hosting a show that primarily focuses on domestic issues.

Posted by: alc0f7 | July 29, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Christiane Amanpour is good choice to host This Week.

Posted by: | July 29, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I still think George S. took a step down when he went to GMA. 'Course, I really miss Brinkley too. His laconic style and dry wit masked a rapier mind.

Posted by: ebtnut | July 29, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

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