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CNN taps Candy Crowley to lead reconfigured Sunday show

January 31, 2010 |  7:46 am

CanDY Veteran political correspondent Candy Crowley will replace John King on CNN’s Sunday morning program “State of the Union,” the network announced today. The hand-off will happen Feb. 7, when King will step down and prepare to launch his new 4 p.m. PST show, replacing Lou Dobbs.

“Candy’s rare combination of shrewd insight and healthy irreverence for the games politicians play has made her one of the most honored political journalists and a cult figure among CNN viewers,” said CNN/U.S. President Jonathan Klein in a statement released this morning. “Every Sunday, she’ll translate Washington-speak into plain English that every American can understand, as she has been doing better than any reporter on the beat for decades.”

With the anchor change, the network is reconfiguring the four-hour Sunday program into four separate shows: “State of the Union,” which Crowley will anchor at 6 a.m. PST, followed by “Fareed Zakaria GPS” at 7 a.m., “Reliable Sources” at 8 a.m. and an updated edition of “State of the Union” at 9 a.m.

“To me, Sunday morning is a sweet spot — a weekly meeting place to bring the hopes, worries and questions of everyday Americans I talk with along the campaign trail to the people I talk with in the Corridors of Power,” Crowley said in a statement. “Add to those conversations interviews with A-team experts and international heavyweights making sense of global issues, and what you have is interesting, relevant information. I can’t wait.”

She has extensive experience to draw on, having covered the presidential campaigns of Pat Buchanan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Howard Dean, Bob Dole, Jesse Jackson, Edward Kennedy, John Kerry, Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan, among others.  Since 1976, she has covered all but one of the national political conventions.

-- Matea Gold

Photo: Candy Crowley. Credit: CNN