CNN is losing one of their most recognizable on-air faces: Anchor Brooke Baldwin, who has been with the cable news network for more than a decade, announced that she’s leaving in April.
Baldwin made the announcement during Tuesday’s edition of CNN Newsroom, which she anchors each weekday on the network. “I will be leaving CNN in April.” she said, thanking the viewers and her CNN colleagues for their support, and adding that “the next chapter of my life will be focused on what I love the most about my work: amplifying the lives of extraordinary Americans and putting my passion for storytelling to good use.” She also said that “I don’t have a job I’m jumping right into” — she is working on a book — but “I am so excited about what is to come.”
In the wake of Baldwin’s departure, CNN has confirmed several other programming changes. Brianna Keilar, who currently anchors from 1-3 pm, will join John Berman on New Day. As a result, Ana Cabrera will take over the 1 pm hour on weekdays.
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Berman’s current co-anchor, Alisyn Camerota, will be paired with New Day Weekend co-anchor Victor Blackwell from 2-4 pm on weekdays.
Baldwin is a Peabody Award finalist who joined CNN in 2008 as a reporter and on-air host. She also created and hosted the CNN Digital series American Woman, “which focuses on the stories of trailblazing women who have broken barriers in their respective fields and are now helping other women do the same,” per the network’s official description.
Watch Baldwin’s full announcement below:
1. I want to start with some personal news❤️ 📺 I will be leaving @CNN in April. I came to this network as a freelancer in 2008. I scribbled my name on a post it and stuck it outside a temporary office determined to fulfill my dream of becoming a full-time correspondent at CNN. pic.twitter.com/v4zeG5XMQX
— Brooke Baldwin (@BrookeBaldwin) February 16, 2021