Crowley to anchor ‘State of the Union’

CNN political veteran taking over for John King

CNN has set veteran correspondent Candy Crowley to take over anchor duties on its Sunday ayem political talk-analysis program “State of the Union.”

Crowley, CNN’s senior political correspondent, will take the reins of “State of the Union” on Feb. 7. The 9 a.m. show bowed a year ago with chief national correspondent John King as host.

King has been tapped to anchor a new 7 p.m. political news hour to succeed “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” which ended when Dobbs departed CNN in November. King’s show is expected to bow later this month.

Crowley has been a staple of CNN’s air since 1987, primarily covering presidential campaigns, congressional and gubernatorial races and legislative battles on Capitol Hill. Crowley’s posting was announced Sunday when she guested with King on “State of the Union.”

Crowley said she intended to discuss issues in a way that would help viewers understand how Washington follies relate directly to the lives of everyday Americans.

“We’re not here for our own sort of internal, inside-the-Beltway conversation,” Crowley said on “State of the Union.” “It’s sort of a heavy responsibility because … people have minimal amounts of time. … We hope we can (explain) ‘Here is why we care, here is where this is headed, here is how it relates to your life.’ ”

The shuffle at “State of the Union” comes as ABC is narrowing its list of contenders to succeed George Stephanopoulos as anchor of its Sunday ayem roundtable show, “This Week.”

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