National correspondent Suzanne Malveaux reportedly told colleagues she is quitting to promote ‘social justice’
CNN star reporter Suzanne Malveaux has reportedly become the latest veteran staffer to leave the cable news network, announcing her departure in a memo to colleagues.
The national correspondent and former daytime anchor “made the heartfelt decision to put myself and my family first and pursue my long-overdue professional passions: telling stories to promote well-being, resilience and social justice,” Malveaux said in Friday’s memo. The statement was first reported by media outlet Deadline.
Malveaux, 56, joined CNN in 2003 and spent 10 years as a White House correspondent. The network made sure not to cover politics, Capitol Hill or President Joe Biden’s administration last May after her partner, Karine Jean-Pierre, was named White House press secretary. She and Jean-Pierre, who was touted as the first black and openly lesbian press secretary, have an eight-year-old adopted daughter.
CNN has experienced a series of high-profile departures over the past 13 months, beginning with the firing of host Chris Cuomo in December 2021. Others who have left or been kicked out include media critic Brian Stelter, Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr, disgraced lawyer analyst Jeffrey Toobin and White House reporter John Harwood. A large round of layoffs in late November included anchors Martin Savidge and Robin Meade, as well as reporters Chris Cillizza, Alison Kosik and Alexandra Field.
Chris Licht was named CNN’s new CEO last February, replacing Jeff Zucker. The former CBS News executive reportedly attempted to do so “right size” the surgery and the restoration of CNN’s reputation as a reliable source of news amid a ratings collapse. The network’s average primetime viewership dropped 34% last year to 735,000. Viewership is down 59% since 2020.
Malveaux said she approached higher up last fall “focus on my family and possibly pursuing new opportunities.” She said the network supported her wishes. She made the decision to leave during the holidays final when she was infected with Covid-19 for the second time.
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