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Lisa Myers Leaving NBC News

lisa myersAfter more than 30 years as a political and investigative correspondent, Lisa Myers is leaving NBC News.

“I have had more than 30 fascinating years at NBC News, learning from and working alongside the best of the best, including journalists who paved the way for many of us: Tom Brokaw and Tim Russert,” Myers said in a note to staffers sent by Washington bureau chief Ken Strickland this afternoon.

“I will greatly miss my many talented friends throughout the network, to whom I owe much, and who represent the best of journalism. I greatly appreciate the company granting my request to change gears and pursue new horizons.”

Strickland praised Myers’ “tenacity, integrity and commitment to journalism.” She joined NBC News in 1981 from The Washington Star, where she was the White House correspondent.

“I could tick off the numerous awards that Lisa has received over the years—and there are plenty— but perhaps more important than critical acclaim is the positive impact that her reporting has had on the lives of many,” Strickland wrote.

Strickland’s note is after the jump.

From: Strickland, Ken (NBCUniversal)
Subject: Lisa Myers

Bittersweet news… After a remarkable 33-year career at NBC News as a political and investigative correspondent, Lisa Myers has decided to start a new chapter.

“I have had more than 30 fascinating years at NBC News, learning from and working alongside the best of the best, including journalists who paved the way for many of us: Tom Brokaw and Tim Russert. I will greatly miss my many talented friends throughout the network, to whom I owe much, and who represent the best of journalism. I greatly appreciate the company granting my request to change gears and pursue new horizons.”

Lisa leaves behind a legacy as one of the most respected investigative journalists in the industry. I could tick off the numerous awards that Lisa has received over the years—and there are plenty— but perhaps more important than critical acclaim is the positive impact that her reporting has had on the lives of many.

Her groundbreaking reporting on issues related to Obamacare, the military, government waste, corporate wrongdoing and political scandals have helped to hold authorities accountable. And by doing so, Lisa has helped give a voice to those who need it: from U.S. soldiers, to victims of Hurricane Katrina and 9/11, concerned voters across the country, and more.

Lisa’s work stands in a category on its own. It was Lisa who had the exclusive interview with “Jane Doe #5” during the Clinton scandals. During the 2000 election, it was Lisa who broke the story that George W. Bush had selected Dick Cheney as his running mate. And most recently, it was Lisa who brought national attention to the story that the White House knew that millions of Americans would not be able to keep their current insurance under the new healthcare law, even as President Obama repeatedly promised they could.

Lisa’s tenacity, integrity and commitment to journalism have helped the DC bureau continue to be a place for excellence. I think I can say on behalf of all of us that it’s been an honor to have worked with her. We’re also fortunate to have such a strong bench of journalists who will continue the great work that Lisa has done.

Please join me in congratulating and thanking Lisa for over three decades of outstanding journalism. She will be missed.

Ken

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