February 1st, 2010
06:30 AM ET
8 years ago

Crowley moves into anchor chair

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.

Related video: 'I am excited,' Crowley says

Filed under: Candy Crowley • State of the Union
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. normajean

    I'm always sure I'll learn something important when she's on screen. Welcome Candy Crowley.

    January 31, 2010 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  2. Jen

    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.

    January 31, 2010 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  3. Albert R. Candy Crowley cult menber, L.A., CA

    Wonderful news.

    January 31, 2010 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  4. Mandemus

    This is news? Another anchor on a station that nobody trusts any longer.

    January 31, 2010 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  5. mitzie - GA

    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.

    January 31, 2010 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  6. Cliff

    Another LIB on CNN.
    Are we surprised?

    January 31, 2010 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  7. ShiWms Phx AZ

    Congratulations Candy!

    She's the Best @ CNN!

    January 31, 2010 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  8. Bertina

    I always like to hear Candy's down-to-earth common sense side on politics. She makes it interesting.

    January 31, 2010 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  9. rk

    A worthy choice!
    Congratulations Candy Crowley

    January 31, 2010 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  10. Willy Brown

    Another left wing hack carrying the water for Obambi.

    January 31, 2010 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  11. Biased

    Congratulations to Candy. I think she will be great!

    January 31, 2010 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  12. James Canady

    Congratulations, Candy.

    January 31, 2010 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  13. Michael from Ventura

    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!

    January 31, 2010 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  14. Donna

    Excellent choice!!

    January 31, 2010 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  15. Taro Starbuck

    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!
    Taro Starbuck
    A CNNj viewer from

    February 1, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  16. Michael

    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!

    February 1, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  17. Death Assurance Companies

    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.

    February 1, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  18. glen moshure

    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.


    February 1, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  19. Julia - Native American from Idaho

    Ho Hum, one republican replacing another one. How boring

    February 1, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |

    Go girl!!!
    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)

    February 1, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  21. simp

    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.

    February 1, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  22. Jay Axtell

    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!

    February 1, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  23. SouthPhillyBallz

    Love her. Congrats, Candy!

    February 1, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  24. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Congratulations! Do Good Work!

    February 1, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |