Carol Costello Leaves CNN

By Chris Ariens 

CNN’s Carol Costello is on the move. Costello, who anchors the 9-11 a.m. ET hours of CNN Newsroom from New York, is moving to the West Coast where she will anchor for HLN.

“I have lived apart from my husband for many years,” Costello said at the end of her show today, “but he was always close by because he also lived on the east coast. But last year my husband snagged a fantastic job in Los Angeles, and I kind of miss him,” she said.

In 2014 Costello moved from CNN HQ in Atlanta to New York which completed a shift of all CNN weekday programs being hosted from either New York or Washington, D.C. Costello continued:


I don’t want to get too emotional, but I will miss you too. You have made my job easy because you are so very engaged. You talk to to me when you spot me on the street, you yell at me, you hug me, I love that. You feel my social media with thoughts. And you watch. For that I will be forever grateful.

Costello, who’s been with CNN for 15 years, wraps up on Friday. Her replacement will be named in the next couple of days, we hear. It’s not known what hours she will anchor on HLN which has expanded its live news programming with Michaela Perieira, also anchoring from Los Angeles, and Erica Hill anchoring afternoons from New York.

More: CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker sent around this note to staff:

As many of you may have just heard, Carol Costello announced that her last day on Newsroom will be this Friday. While we’ll miss her unmistakable reporting, calming presence on the air, big smile and even bigger laugh on CNN, I’m happy to say she isn’t going far — she’ll be staying in the family and joining HLN in Los Angeles.

During her more than 15 years with us, Carol has been at the forefront of some of the world’s most significant news stories, including the Boston bombing, Pope Francis’ historic visit and our coverage of the Iraq war. She is all heart and grace, and the epitome of a seasoned journalist, making her the perfect fit to join HLN’s powerful bench of anchors.

Carol’s decision to leave CNN was a personal one. After many years balancing a long-distance marriage with her demanding career, she is cashing in her miles and permanently relocating to the west coast. Ken Jautz will be sharing more details about her new LA-based show in the coming weeks.

It’s with infinite gratitude that I thank Carol for being a friend to me, and an influential voice that has helped grow CNN and contribute to our success.

Please join Ken and me in congratulating Carol on this great new role.