Brooke Baldwin to leave CNN in April

CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin, the face of the news network’s afternoon programming, announced Tuesday that she would be leaving it in mid-April after working there since 2008.

“I am so grateful for your loyalty and passion for the world we cover and so grateful to my show team, you know who you are,” the host of “CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin” said Tuesday afternoon at the start of the program.

“After most of my twenties working my way up in local news, I came to this network in 2008–in the midst of the Great Recession as a freelancer,” Baldwin also said. “I remember I scribbled my name on a Post-It note and stuck it outside of this temporary office, determined to fulfilling my dream of becoming a full-time CNN correspondent.”

She thanked CNN President Jeff Zucker, her colleagues at CNN, and the viewers, going on to say that the “next chapter of 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.”

Moreover, Baldwin mentioned an upcoming book project: “For the last two years, I have been working on my first book. It’s called ‘Huddle: How Women Unlock Their Collective Power.’”

“There is more I need to do outside of this place, outside of the walls of this place, a place I have been privileged to call home now for 13 years,” the anchor added.

“Yep, we are still in a pandemic,” Baldwin continued, “and no, I don’t have a job I’m jumping right into. And yes, yes, I’m feeling very vulnerable. But what is it Brené Brown says? ‘Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change. And I am so excited about what is to come.’”

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