Friday marked CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin’s last day at the network.
Baldwin, who first announced she was leaving CNN in February, has actually been the face of CNN Newsroom on weekday afternoons for a years.
Completion of the 3 p.m. hour of CNN Newsroom was dedicated to Baldwin’s 10+ years at CNN. Following a video montage of her career, an emotional Baldwin told the audience that the program was not initially expected to be hers, and rather she was substituting a week till a new anchor was found.
“Well guess what, I have actually kept this seat warm for nearly 11 years,” she said. “You and I have seen history together from marriage equality to this pandemic, from the Women’s March to Me Too, from natural catastrophes to, once again, senseless shootings. And now we wait. We wait for the justice in a trial where another Black man in America has actually passed away at the hands of authorities. This task using, my voice for over a decade has actually been absolutely nothing short of an extensive privilege.”
The Atlanta native first joined CNN in 2008 as a self-employed reporter prior to climbing the ranks to the anchor desk simply three years later on at the age of 31.
“So to you in the house, thank you for trusting me. Thank you for holding me accountable. And thank you for all of the love,” she continued. “And to you. My CNN family, my CNN huddle. This is the hardest part. Thank you for making me much better. Thank you for pushing me. Thank you for thinking in me and my huge backflip off the high dive today. You understand, a decade ago, I didn’t even understand the ought to show would become mine. And now, a years later, I discover myself in a similar scenario not completely understanding what’s next. And I’m all right with that. Since what I do know is that I am a journalist and a writer for life. And finally, I’m leaving this place even much better than I found it.”
Baldwin signed off referencing a line from U.S. Women’s National Group soccer player Megan Rapinoe, whom she just recently spoke with for her book Huddle.
“She said it started with Mia Hamm and after that Abby Wambach. And eventually it will be her battling for what’s right, and fair and equal for the next generation of ladies’s soccer players. These ladies, when they left the team, they would prompt the remaining players to leave the team much better than they discovered it. And so here I am, in relating it to journalism,” said Baldwin. “When I saw all of those ladies just recently, one after another after another, these White Home Correspondents for TV and print standing up to ask President Biden concerns at his very first press conference. Let me simply state, I was being in my office, I was on my feet, cheering them on. Numerous women, Black, white, brown, progress. We do need diverse voices informing our stories, from in front of the video camera and to the executive suites. We are making development. So whatever industry you are, my parting words, get a little unpleasant. Speak out and keep pressing.”
“I’m Brooke Baldwin here in New York. And I can not wait to have you join me on our journey together,” she completed.
“I am a reporter and a writer for life.”
After more than a decade in the anchor chair, @BrookeBaldwin says goodbye to CNN, leaving audiences with one last message:
“Get a little uncomfortable,” she states, including “speak out and keep pressing.” pic.twitter.com/1KQxx55m78
Brimming with love and gratitude as I sign off from @CNN for the last time. pic.twitter.com/yMI69GRssJ
— Brooke Baldwin (@BrookeBaldwin) April 16, 2021
Other CNN anchors joined in on social networks to bid farewell to Baldwin.
I have been good friends with @BrookeBaldwin for more than a years, so her departure from @CNN is bitter-sweet for me. From our dynamic New Years’ Eve parties to our fun dinner dates, it’s been a blast! Wanting you all the very best from here. NYE will not ever be the very same. pic.twitter.com/0K86BNViyr
— Don Lemon (@donlemon) April 16, 2021
My good friend and coworker @BrookeBaldwin is wrapping up her wonderful years at @CNN today. We will miss her however we wish her only the best as she embarks on her next adventure. And congrats to her for her timely brand-new book “Huddle: How Females Unlock Their Collective Power.” pic.twitter.com/ds8PwVJETP
— Wolf Blitzer (@wolfblitzer) April 16, 2021