Where is Brooke Baldwin going? Peabody Award-winning CNN anchor to leave network after 13 years in April

Baldwin spoke of how, 'After most of my 20s working my way up in local news, I came to this network in 2008 -- in the midst of the Great Recession as a freelancer', and how she then thrived


                            Where is Brooke Baldwin going? Peabody Award-winning CNN anchor to leave network after 13 years in April
Brooke Baldwin attends the Fourth Annual Berggruen Prize Gala celebrating 2019 Laureate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in New York City on December 16, 2019 (Getty Images)

American journalist and television host Brooke Baldwin has been at CNN since 2008. The host of ‘CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin’, she is practically the network’s afternoon face. But not anymore. On her show on Tuesday, February 16, Baldwin announced her departure from the network. Baldwin said she is leaving CNN after 13 years in mid-April.

A Peabody Award winner, Baldwin began her career in 2001 at WVIR-TV in Charlottesville, Virginia. Later, she became the morning anchor at WOWK-TV in the Huntington and Charleston, West Virginia area. Following that, she joined WTTG in Washington, D.C. as the lead reporter for the 10 p.m. newscast. Baldwin joined CNN in 2008 and worked from CNN's Atlanta headquarters until 2014 when she moved to New York City.

READ MORE

Megyn Kelly canceled? Former news anchor branded 'pathetic' for calling Joe Biden 'man who’s been in his basement'

News anchor suspended for '2020 takes Alex Trebek, leaves Mitch McConnell' post, the Internet says to give him a raise

The Cable News Network (CNN) logo adorns the top of CNN's offices on the Sunset Strip, January 24, 2000 in Hollywood, CA. (Getty Images)

Baldwin has reported from Europe, Africa, and the Middle East during her time at CNN. As per Variety, she gained new prominence at the network after moving to New York in 2014, when she started to lead two hours in the afternoon.

On her show, Baldwin said, “After most of my 20s working my way up in local news, I came to this network in 2008 -- in the midst of the Great Recession as a freelancer. I remember I scribbled my name on a Post-It note and stuck it outside of this temporary office, determined to fulfill my dream of becoming a full-time CNN correspondent.”

She further said that she “wanted to be part of the best of the best in cable news and journalism, and, as a native Atlantan, this would be my hometown dream,” adding that little did she know that she “would not only go one to fulfill that dream, I would flourish in this environment and land my own two-hour show in the afternoon at the age of 31”.



 

She said that for a decade she had never taken for granted the “enormous responsibility and privilege” she has had of working with “some of the most talented producers and photojournalists and correspondents and anchors out there”. Expressing her gratitude for her co-workers and staff, Baldwin said, “I am so grateful for your loyalty and passion for the world we cover. I am so grateful to my show team – you know who you are. You know who you are.”

What will Baldwin do next?

During her monologue, Baldwin said, “The next chapter of my life will be focused on what I love most about my work: amplifying the lives of extraordinary Americans and putting my passion for storytelling to good use. For the last two years, I’ve been working on my first book; it’s called ‘Huddle: How Women Unlock Their Collective Power’, and, you know, there’s just more I need to do – 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.”

Brooke Baldwin attends CNN Heroes Gala 2016 at the American Museum of Natural History on December 11, 2016 in New York City. (Getty Images)

She said that she does not have another job in line. “I’m jumping right into, and yes – yes, I’m feeling very vulnerable. But what is it Brene Brown says? ‘Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change,’ and I am so excited about what is to come,” she said. 

If you have a news scoop or an interesting story for us, please reach out at (323) 421-7514