Talk about timing.
Candy Crowley found out last Wednesday she’s the new anchor of CNN’s Sunday morning public affairs program State of the Union. She got word “right before the State of the Union,” Crowley tells TVNewser. “The President’s State of the Union!”
A fitting coincidence for the veteran political reporter, who joined CNN in 1987. It was public knowledge that Crowley was being considered for the position by network brass — but she says she “did not have a great sense” of whom they might ultimately pick.
With John King leaving SOTU to helm the 7pmET time slot vacated by Lou Dobbs, Crowley told management she was interested in the Sunday job. “I talked to them about it. I said, ‘I would like to do this.’”
But after filling in for King during the holidays — when his pre-taped show was scuttled for a fresh broadcast after the attempted Christmas Day airplane bombing — Crowley took a scheduled multi-week vacation to Australia and New Zealand. She decided to enjoy her trip rather than spend time thinking about the pending decision.
Upon Crowley’s return, she was happily surprised to get the nod, but confident that the decades she has spent covering politics have been good preparation. “I do feel like so much of what I’ve done leads to here.”
And so in addition to anchoring each Sunday, Crowley will continue to report during the week. “I am first, last, and always a reporter. And I’m not giving that up…I don’t think you can do a Sunday show without being a reporter. Because then you’d just be showing up on Sundays, asking questions…”