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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