Candy Crowley to Leave CNN After 27 Years

CandyCrowley304After 27 years at CNN, veteran political correspondent and “State of the Union” host, Candy Crowley, is leaving the network.

“[I]t 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,” CNN president Jeff Zucker wrote in a staff memo first obtained by TVNewser. “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.”

Crowley’s career at CNN began in 1987 as a political correspondent, where she covered a handful of successful and unsuccessful presidential campaigns including those of Pat Buchanan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan and Mitt Romney, among others.  In 2012, she became the first woman to moderate a presidential debate.

“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,” Zucker said. “She is a television news icon.”

For now, it is not clear who will replace her on “State of the Union.”