CNN’s Brian Stelter announced on Twitter than CNN Chief Political Reporter and State of the Union anchor Candy Crowley will be leaving a the network. The email CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker sent announcing her move was leaked to the press. In addition, Crowley will be anchoring this Sunday as the show will be broadcasting her interview with former President George W. Bush.
Crowley moderated the town-hall presidential debate and was the first woman to moderate a presidential debate in twenty years. She is also currently the sole female anchor of the Sunday public affairs show. Crowley has anchored State of the Union for the past four years. She took over for John King who left to anchor John King, USA on the weekdays. However, that show has since been cancelled and King has returned to Sunday mornings, hosting the revived Inside Politics.
Since Jeff Zucker took over as President of CNN Worldwide, King and Crowley’s airtime has had an indirect relationship. While Crowley has largely been relegated to only her show and sometimes weekend appearances. For the Election Night coverage, Crowley did not appear until late in the night. King, on the other hand, appeared almost constantly on the coverage with his Magic Map. In addition to the Sunday edition, King also hosts an Inside Politics segment on New Day every weekday.
Crowley has said that she will be taking on a new opportunity that has not been revealed yet.
Read the email from CNN Worldwide Jeff Zucker:
December 5, 2014
In her 27 years at CNN, Candy Crowley has been one of the most important and impactful journalists on our air. Since she joined us in 1987, her assignments have taken her to all 50 states, covering a broad range of political stories, including presidential, congressional and gubernatorial races. Candy made her mark covering the presidential campaigns of Pat Buchanan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Howard Dean, Bob Dole, Jesse Jackson, Edward Kennedy, John Kerry, Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan and Mitt Romney. And as we all remember, she made her mark yet again in 2012 when she became the first woman to moderate a presidential debate in 20 years.
To say she lives and breathes politics is more than an understatement. She has an innate ability to sense its nuance, push its limits, and ask questions that others won’t. She is beloved in Washington even by those that she so skillfully takes to task on Sunday mornings. And she’s an award-winning journalist – taking home everything from a Peabody and Emmys to an Edward R. Murrow award. She is a television news icon.
Thus, it is with mixed emotions, that I wanted to let you know that Candy has let us know that she has made the decision to move on, so she can embark on the next chapter of her already prolific career. As difficult as it is for us to imagine CNN without Candy, we know that she comes to this decision thoughtfully, and she has our full support. There will be more time in the weeks ahead for all of you who have been lucky enough to work with Candy to share your own thanks for all she has done. But for now, on behalf of everyone at CNN, I want to extend my sincere gratitude and appreciation.