Candy Crowley Leaving CNN

By Chris Ariens Comment

candy_crowley_defends_her_debate_moderation_october_17_2012Candy Crowley, a 27-year CNN veteran, is leaving the network. TVNewser just obtained an email about the departure from CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker. “[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,” Zucker writes.

Crowley joined CNN in 1987, covering politics and politicians. She’s covered the presidential campaigns of the last five presidents, and many candidates who wanted to be president: Pat Buchanan, Hillary Clinton, Bob Dole, and Jesse Jackson among them.

In 2012 she became the first woman to moderate a presidential debate in 20 years.

For the last four years she has anchored “State of the Union,” which is CNN’s Sunday public affairs program.

Says Crowley: “My mixed emotions are these:  I am leaving colleagues and viewers who over many years have become dear friends and faithful fans …but I have for sometime wanted to try something new in someplace new.  I have several weeks for good-byes, which are sad, but I am eager and excited to begin what comes next.  More later. ”

“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,” Zucker writes. “But for now, on behalf of everyone at CNN, I want to extend my sincere gratitude and appreciation.”

Zucker’s note to staff after the jump…

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.

Jeff

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