The high marks chalked up by new CNN anchors Aaron Brown and Paula Zahn in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon signaled an end to the 27-year career of Lou Waters.
Waters has resigned as an anchor for CNN to become managing editor of informational Web site NewsProNet.com.
A CNN spokesman said Waters’ departure “was a mutually agreed-on decision. Lou felt it was time for a change.”
Natalie Allen, Waters’ co-anchor and a nine-year veteran of CNN, “is in discussions with the network over her future role in news coverage,” said the spokesman.
Reese Schonfeld, news consultant and former head of CNN, said the departure of Waters and the high visibility given to Brown and Zahn represent “a powerful sign that Walter Isaacson is making his presence felt.”
Isaacson took over as chairman-CEO of the CNN News Group three months ago after a long career in print journalism, including the top post at Time magazine.
CNN scored better ratings for its coverage of the consequences of the terrorist attack than at any time since it harvested all-time record audiences during its 1991 coverage of the Gulf War.