John Kirby is a military and diplomatic analyst at CNN, where he appears regularly on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. Before transitioning to journalism, he was the spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State from 2015 to 2017. Prior to 2015, Kirby had a 29-year career in the U.S. Navy. He served as a Pentagon press secretary and the Navy's Chief of Information. Kirby is from St. Petersburg, Florida, and holds degrees from the University of South Florida, Troy University, and the Naval War College.