Candy 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…