ABC’s Douglass’ Surprise Departure

A surprise statement from ABC News President David Westin tonight:

“I have mixed emotions in reporting that Linda Douglass has decided to leave us at the end of the year. As you know, Linda has done exceptional work for ABC News during her nine years here, for the last five years as our Chief Congressional Correspondent. Her knowledge of, and love for, Capitol Hill are rightly admired by everyone who knows her. To say the least, we will miss her.
But my emotions are mixed because Linda is leaving to pursue two important initiatives that are dear to her heart.

“She will be a fellow at the Brademas Center at New York University, thinking and writing and working on the Congress. She will also be working with the Rockefeller Foundation on their domestic programs. So, our colleagues in Washington will be seeing Linda a bit less, but those of us in New York will benefit from her spending more time here.

“Linda’s outstanding work as a journalist at ABC News is simply the latest part of her remarkable accomplishments over 32 years in our profession. Many of us could do no better than to consider Linda’s professionalism and dedication as we consider our own work. She won’t be leaving us for a few weeks, but as the time approaches, I know all of us will want to tell her how much she has meant to us and to wish her only the best.”