Brooke Baldwin, CNN’s Afternoon Face, to Depart in April


Don Lemon may be looking for a new drinking buddy.

Brooke Baldwin, a CNN anchor who for a time became the face of the cable-news outlet’s daytime schedule, announced on air Monday that she intended to leave the WarnerMedia-backed outlet by the middle of April.

“The next chapter of my life will be focused on what I love the most about my work: amplifying the lives of extraordinary Americans,” she said as she opened her Monday afternoon broadcast. She  added: “There is just more I need to do… outside the walls of this place, a place I have been privileged to call home for 13 years. Yep, we’re still in a pandemic. No, I don’t have a job I’m jumping right into. Yes, I’m feeling very vulnerable.”  CNN declined to elaborate beyond her comments.

Baldwin has a new book, “Huddle,” slated to debut in early April. It looks at how women come together to solve problems or enact meaningful change.

She departs as many expect CNN to unveil some sort of reworking of its daytime schedule that could have early-afternoon anchor Brianna Keilar going to co-host “New Day,” the network’s morning show, while Alisyn Camerota, currently on in the morning, could shift into afternoons. Other moves are also possible.

Baldwin has been with CNN since 2008, and was originally based in Atlanta. But she gained new prominence at th… (Read more)