It’s official: Zoraida Sambolin is leaving WMAQ to become an anchor for CNN’s revamped morning show.

Although Sambolin’s departure from NBC owned-and-operated WMAQ has been widely reported, CNN officially announced her hire in a press release this morning. She will co-anchor the 5-7amET hours with Ashleigh Banfield.

“I am completely thrilled to be coming to CNN,” Sambolin said in a statement. “Ashleigh is an accomplished journalist with an incredible wit and dynamic personality.  I look forward to collaborating with her and working together to inform, enlighten and build a strong relationship with our viewers.”  Read more