David Ensor’s Goodbye Message To CNN Colleagues: Remember Your Middle Name

By Brian 

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David Ensor is leaving CNN for a job in “the energy business,” based in London. In an e-mail to colleagues, the national security correspondent writes: “I am proud of what we have done together: breaking stories sometimes, explaining, story telling–caring more than anything else about getting it right. As long as CNN always remembers its middle name, it will not go far wrong. In the end, strong news gathering and strong news judgement is what it is all about.

In the message, Ensor thanks “our leaders” Jim Walton and Phil Kent. But Jon Klein‘s name is, in the words of one insider, “conspicuously absent.” Click continued for the full farewell…




From: Ensor, David


Sent: Thursday, July 06, 2006 11:43 AM


To: *CNN DC Bureau (TBS)


Cc: Walton, Jim; Kent, Phil


Subject: Leaving CNN


Dear Friends and Colleagues,


I write to tell you I am leaving CNN at the end of next week, and will be taking up a job in the energy business, based in London.


Though I am excited about the new challenge, I will miss CNN and broadcast news very much. I have been reporting on network TV and radio now for almost 32 years.


I wanted to say thankyou to all the great people here at this terrific news organization. Thanks to every cameraman, soundman, editor, production assistant, makeup artist, booker, public relations specialist, desk person, graphics artist, live shot producer, librarian, director and producer (and so many more).


Television news is a team sport. If my reporting sometimes made CNN look good, it was because of you!


I especially want to thank the great Pam Benson–how lucky I have been to have her as a partner and friend–and Shirley Hung for being a wonderful and understanding boss. Thanks also to our bureau management team, especially our bureau chief, David Bohrman. Thankyou very much, David for the kind words just sent out.


Thanks and gratitude too to Jim Walton and especially Phil Kent, our leaders, for their tremendous support over the years, and their understanding about my desire to try something new.


I am proud of what we have done together: breaking stories sometimes, explaining, story telling–caring more than anything else about getting it right. As long as CNN always remembers its middle name, it will not go far wrong. In the end, strong news gathering and strong news judgement is what it is all about.


I will be here through next Friday, and have a few more pieces to do…The show must go on


Forgive me that I won’t have time to talk to everybody. I will be in touch soon though with an email address and other contact information.

Best,

David

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