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CNN’s Crier moves to ABC for ’20/20′

Former Texas judge and current CNN anchor Catherine Crier will join ABC’s weekly newsmagazine “20/20” as a correspondent after the new year, the web said yesterday.

Crier joined CNN in 1989 as co-anchor of the network’s evening newscast with Bernard Shaw.

Since then she has hosted “Crier & Co.,” a daily talkshow, and co-anchored “Inside Politics ’92.”

Prior to joining CNN, Crier was a state civil district judge in Texas.

The anchorwoman’s early days at CNN could best be described as turbulent. Many within the CNN newsroom, including her co-anchor Shaw, at the time reportedly questioned her ability to move from the legal bench to the anchor desk.

However, with several shows’ experience to her credit, Crier seems to have proven her naysayers wrong.

“I couldn’t be more pleased and excited,” said Victor Neufeld, executive producer of “20/20” in announcing the hire. “We’ve been searching for almost a year for a new correspondent to join our team. She’s a great communicator, a dynamic presence, and a widely respected journalist.”

Crier reportedly was wooed to the network partly because of other on-air opportunities, including serving as backup to Peter Jennings on “World News Tonight” and to Ted Koppel on “Nightline.”

An ABC News spokeswoman said there is potential for other projects with Crier , but that she is being hired primarily for “20/20.”

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