Baldwin announced her upcoming departure during an on-air segment on Tuesday, sharing that she will be leaving the network in April. The anchor joined CNN as a freelancer in 2008 before fulfilling her “dream” of becoming a full-time correspondent, she said.
“I remember I scribbled my name on a Post-it note and stuck it outside of this temporary office, determined to fulfill my dream of becoming a full-time CNN correspondent,” she said. “I wanted to be part of the best of the best in cable news and journalism, and as a native Atlantan, this would be my hometown team.”
Baldwin later thanked her CNN colleagues and viewers: “I am so grateful for your loyalty and passion for the world we cover.”
The anchor also expressed her gratitude to viewers who sent her messages of support when she had COVID-19 last year. Baldwin announced that she had tested positive for the virus in April. She returned to work weeks later, describing her time with coronavirus as “relentless, scary and lonely.”