Former Michigan congressman set to host CNN show

Jonathan Oosting
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Lansing — Former U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers is building on his budding media career with a new limited-run series on CNN.

The Howell Republican, who chaired the House Intelligence Committee and previously served as a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, will host “Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies,” the cable network announced this week.

The eight-part original series will debut at 10 p.m. June 19. Each episode will feature a separate mission told “first-hand by the agents who lived it.” Rogers will serve as an executive producer.

“‘Declassified’ covers missions set in fascinating locations and time periods from Cold War-era Moscow to modern-day Iran, from the streets of 1980s Cuba to today’s bustling Beijing,” according to CNN.

“All 16 intelligence agencies from the CIA to the FBI are represented, revealing the unbelievable true stories of America’s covert operations in the United States and around the world.”

Rogers, one of the most frequent Sunday morning talk show guests during his tenure in Congress, surprised political analysts in 2014 by announcing he was retiring to work in radio. He continues to host “Something to Talk About,” a 60-second segment syndicated on stations across the country.