Lin leaves CNN

Anchor to depart cable network

NEW YORK — Carol Lin, who anchored CNN the morning of the World Trade Center attacks, is leaving the network.

Lin was once a mainstay for CNN in the morning, co-anchoring “CNN Live at Daybreak,” but had been relegated to weekend duty after a series of shuffles at the network.

Before she joined CNN in 1998, Lin was a correspondent at ABC News. She was lured to the network by former CNN president Rick Kaplan, who had also been at ABC.

Before ABC News, Lin was a weekend anchor at KTTV in Los Angeles.

Sources said Lin’s contract was up and CNN wanted her to leave the anchor’s desk to become a national correspondent.

Lin’s husband, former CNN producer Will Robinson, died soon after the birth of their first child; as a single mother to a toddler, she couldn’t commit to the travel requirements of that job.

Lin was at the anchor’s desk the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, and showed the first live shots of World Trade Center after the first plane hit the towers.