Candy Crowley, a longtime political journalist who has been with CNN since 1987, is leaving the Time Warner-owned cable-news outlet after a 27-year tenure, a person familiar with the matter confirmed Friday. She has been CNN’s chief political correspondent.
“State of the Union,” the Sunday-morning talkshow about politics she has hosted since 2010, is expected to continue on the network, this person said.
Crowley has held forth on “State” since 2010, when she took over the show from John King. Since that time, she has served as CNN’s face, of sorts, in the Sunday morning talkshow wars, competing with “Face the Nation,” “Meet the Press” and others for “gets” of prominent political operatives in discussions of the issues of the day.
“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,” said Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide, in a memo to staff. “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.”
“State of the Union” is not the most-watched Sunday news program — that distinction is held most weeks by CBS’ “Face The Nation” — but the show represents CNN’s efforts to be part of the news cycle at that time, when influential viewers tune in to see what they can glean from U.S. senators, Cabinet members and the like. Crowley’s departure takes place as NBC is attempting to retool its venerable “Meet the Press” with a new host, Chuck Todd, while ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos” has made strides in attracting the viewer demographic most coveted by advertisers in news programs, adults 25-54.
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