Washington (CNN) – Veteran political correspondent Candy Crowley was named on Sunday the new anchor of “State of Union,” CNN’s political news program.
“Candy’s rare combination of shrewd insight and healthy irreverence for the games politicians play has made her one of the most honored political journalists and a cult figure among CNN viewers,” said Jonathan Klein, president, CNN/U.S. “Every Sunday she’ll translate Washington-speak into plain English that every American can understand, as she has been doing better than any reporter on the beat for decades.”
Crowley moves into the anchor the chair that has been occupied for the past year by John King, CNN’s chief national correspondent. King is moving to weekdays to anchor a new 7 p.m. ET political program.
“We’re not here for our own sort of internal, Inside-the-Beltway conversation,” Crowley, CNN’s senior political correspondent, said of her new assignment. “It’s supposed to be relevant, and I think that people do tune in.”
Crowley, who joined CNN in 1987, has been a fixture on the presidential campaign trail for the better part of three decades. She has covered the late Sen. Edward Kennedy’s failed effort to defeat President Carter for the Democratic nomination in 1980, then-Texas Gov. George Bush’s razor thin victory over Vice President Al Gore in 2000 and then-Sen. Barack Obama’s historic run in 2008, among many others. She received a Gracie Allen Award in 2009 for her coverage of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential bid.
“Our senior political correspondent is without peer: an experienced, dogged reporter; a poetic writer; a gifted leader and mentor; and beginning next Sunday, Candy Crowley will have the privilege and the pleasure of leading our Sunday conversation," said King as handed the baton to Crowley on Sunday’s program.
State of the Union will air from 9-10 a.m. ET with an “updated edition” at noon.
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I'm always sure I'll learn something important when she's on screen. Welcome Candy Crowley.
She'll hopefully not be as partisan as King is. Pretty much catching CNN once or twice a week now, sound muted unless Cafferty is on.
This is news? Another anchor on a station that nobody trusts any longer.
Candy Crowley was touted by John King as" to be without peer". I have the greatest respect for Candy Crowley and wish her the best as the new anchor of "State of the Union". She will do an absolutely fabulous job. Of that I am sure.
Another LIB on CNN.
Are we surprised?
She's the Best @ CNN!
I always like to hear Candy's down-to-earth common sense side on politics. She makes it interesting.
A worthy choice!
Congratulations Candy Crowley
Another left wing hack carrying the water for Obambi.
Congratulations to Candy. I think she will be great!
Candy is one of the best on CNN- I'm an avid MSNBC fan, but love Candy and her knowledge of how things work (and don't work) in DC!
Have really enjoyed State Of The Union with King the past few months! Wish him the best in his new program at CNN! Sure he will do an excellent job there as well. Look forward to seeing Crowley at SOTU, greatly impressed with her reporting style at CNN, too! She's bonofide! Wishing you the very best at your new desk, Candy! Should be some more great reporting from CNN!
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Candy, never in her interviews or reporting looked one sided, and was more balanced in her assessments. I look forward to the fresh commentory. God Bless you!
John Kings next step should be out the door and over to Faux News.he wont make it in that new time slot either.Candy is just ok but her visable distain for Obama came through loud and clear during the election which leaves her unbiased status wanting.CNN needs a complete cleansing from top to bottom,including Wolf Blitzer,and thats the way it is.Lets see if they post this,as the truth often hurts.
Has it occurred to CNN that their TV is just about all politics (99 percent Obama). I guess it's because it is easy (cheap) to produce. It's the same people over and over. Boring. Very little international reporting – something you use to be known for.
To get any news variety we watch (wife and myself) the BBC in America broadcast each night at 6 pm (central). It is truly an interesting show. Also provides an insight into what is important in other countries.
Ho Hum, one republican replacing another one. How boring
She's everything you said and more John. Placid, lucid, mature. I'm estatic. (RIght now she needs to mentor Gloria Borger who is fast becoming the new Lou Dobbs)
She's OK I guess, anybody is better than John King, he is too far to the right. He has to many of GOP on his show, I just don't like him. By the way what happen to TJ? The best people on CNN is Rick Sanchez and Don Lemon, I feel they are both pretty fair.
Congradulations, Candy. I agree with the assessment that you will be splendid in this political spot. Your insight will be invaluable and I for one, look forward to seeing more of you than a 5 minute summary of what is going on in Washington!
Love her. Congrats, Candy!
Congratulations! Do Good Work!