CNN's Brooke Baldwin signs off with 'emotion and gratitude': 'Thank you for all the love'

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Why is Brooke Baldwin leaving CNN?

Last week, the longtime anchor revealed that one of the main reasons she would be walking away from her CNN gig was because she was beginning to feel too comfortable. USA TODAY'A profound privilege': An emotional Brooke Baldwin bids audiences farewell on last day at CNN

"I am filled with emotion and gratitude," she said after her co-workers surprised her with a video compilation of some of her notable stories.

She explained that her job was initially supposed to be temporary. Baldwin was supposed to be filling in for a week until a permanent host could be found, she said. She ended up staying in that position for 11 years, which she called "a profound privilege."

The author of Huddle: How Women Unlock Their Collective Power thanked her CNN family for pushing her and making her better. She thanked the audience at home for their loyalty.

"To you at home, thank you. Thank you for trusting me thank you for holding me accountable," Baldwin said. "Thank you for all the love."

In her last few moments, Baldwin called for more diversity in all areas of storytelling.

The day was emotional, but Baldwin had a lot of time to prepare for it. She announced her plans to leave back in February. 

As the Peabody-nominated journalist told Yahoo Entertainment this month, she came to the decision slowly over the last few years. 

"It's going to be hard to walk away. I have to walk away," Baldwin said. "And the main reason is — listen, it's been a total privilege ... but I, in spending all this time with all these trailblazing women and these huddles, I cannot hold space with them and not be the bravest version of myself."

She also credited her father with having told her, "Being uncomfortable is a great thing."

She urged others to take his advice. "Get a little uncomfortable," she told viewers Friday. "Speak up. And keep pushing."

As for what's next, Baldwin said she doesn't know yet.

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CNN's Brooke Baldwin Gives Emotional Farewell

Mediaite 16 April, 2021 - 07:13pm

The segment began with some highlights from Baldwin’s years of work at CNN, from her coverage of breaking news events to in-depth reports across the world.

An emotional Baldwin followed up telling viewers she was “not originally supposed” to host the network’s weekday programming for this long.

However, she explained, what started out as her being asked to “keep this seat warm just for a week” led to her being in the anchor chair for over a decade.

“This job using my voice for over a decade has been nothing short of a profound privilege,” Baldwin said as she teared up. “So to you at home, thank you. Thank you for trusting me. Thank you for holding me accountable. And thank you for all of the love.”

She thanked her CNN colleagues for their support and for “believing in me” for so long. “I’m leaving this place even better than I found it.”

Baldwin talked about how encouraged she felt seeing all the female journalists asking questions at the president’s recent press conference, and ended with this message:

“We do need diverse voices telling our stories. We do need diverse voices telling our stories from in front of the camera and to the executive suites. We are making progress. So whatever industry you are in, my parting words: Get a little uncomfortable, speak up, and keep pushing. I’m Brooke Baldwin here in New York, and I cannot wait to have you join me on our journey together.”

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Brooke Baldwin Was Emotional As She Signed Off From CNN For the Final Time

The Big Lead 16 April, 2021 - 04:22pm

Here's what she had to say as she signed off:

Brimming with love and gratitude as I sign off from @CNN for the last time.? pic.twitter.com/yMI69GRssJ

I'm not sure anyone can argue with that message. Journalism needs more diverse perspectives if we hope to cover the entire spectrum of American life.

Baldwin joined CNN in 2008 and work out of CNN's headquarters in Atlanta until 2014. That year, her show was moved to New York City, where it has been based ever since. She released her first book, "HUDDLE: How Women Unlock Their Collective Power" this month.

We'll see what she does next, but I doubt Baldwin will be disappearing from the public view completely.

Brooke Baldwin Says She's 'Filled with Emotion and Gratitude' as She Wraps Up 13-Year Run at CNN

PEOPLE 16 April, 2021 - 04:05pm

The broadcast journalist aired her final iteration of CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin on Friday afternoon, focusing her coverage on the recent mass shooting in Indianapolis, the death of 13-year-old Adam Toledo at the hands of Chicago police and the ongoing trial of Derek Chauvin, the police officer charged with murdering George Floyd last year.

At the close of her two-hour episode, Baldwin told viewers she was "filled with emotion and gratitude." After a video compilation aired showcasing her time at CNN, Baldwin, 41, reflected on the experience.

"Let me let you in on a little secret: This job, my show here on CNN, was not originally supposed to be mine," she began. "More than a decade ago, there was an anchor who suddenly departed CNN, leaving this gaping hole in the afternoons, and the then-bosses quickly turned to me. They were like, 'Brooke, we're going to need you to keep this seat warm, just for a week until we actually find the person who will take over the show.'"

"Well, guess what, I have kept the seat warm for nearly 11 years," she continued.

RELATED: Brooke Baldwin Announces She Is Leaving CNN in April After 13 Years at the Network

Addressing viewers at home, she said, "You and I have witnessed history together, from marriage equality to this pandemic, from the Women's March to #MeToo, from natural disasters to, again, senseless shootings, and now we wait, we wait for justice in a trial where another Black man in America has died at the hands of police. This job, using my voice for over a decade, has been nothing short of a profound privilege."

Baldwin then thanked both the audience and her team at CNN.

"To you at home: thank you. Thank you for trusting me. Thank you for holding me accountable and thank you for all of the love — I'm telling you, I'm reading every single one of your DMs," she said. "And to you, my CNN family, my CNN huddle. This is the hardest part. Thank you for making me better. Thank you for pushing me. Thank you for believing in me and my big backflip off the high dive today."

She continued, "I didn't even know this show would become mine. And now, a decade later, I find myself in a similar situation not totally knowing what's next. And I'm okay with that. Because what I do know is that I am a journalist and a storyteller, for life."

Emphasizing the need for more diversity in journalism, Baldwin concluded her address with a call for others to "keep pushing" for change.

"We do need diverse voices telling our stories, from in front of the camera and to the executive suites," she said. "We are making progress, so whatever industry you are in, my parting words: Get a little uncomfortable, speak up, and keep pushing. I'm Brooke Baldwin here in New York, and I cannot wait to have you join me on our journey together."

RELATED: Brooke Baldwin Addresses CNN's Gender Disparities amid Exit — I've 'Been Surrounded by a Lot of Men'

Baldwin's colleagues sent their love, with Jake Tapper tweeting, "Been covering the news for a long time alongside the amazing @BrookeBaldwin. Will miss her dearly. Can't wait to see what she does next! Talk soon, BB."

"I have been friends with @BrookeBaldwin for more than a decade, so her departure from @CNN is bitter-sweet for me," Don Lemon said in his own tweet. "From our lively New Years' Eve parties to our fun dinner dates, it's been a blast! Wishing you all the best from here. NYE won't ever be the same."

CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer also posted on Twitter, referenced Baldwin's new book, Huddle: How Women Unlock Their Collective Power.

"My good friend and colleague @BrookeBaldwin is wrapping up her wonderful years at @CNN today," he wrote. "We will miss her but we wish her only the very best as she embarks on her next adventure. And congrats to her for her timely new book 'Huddle: How Women Unlock Their Collective Power.'"

Baldwin, who began her journey at CNN as a freelancer in 2008, first announced her departure from the network in February.

Speaking to PEOPLE earlier this month while promoting her new book, Baldwin reflected on her potential next steps.

"I have not a plan," she admitted. "I would love to be continuing off of my book work, just being in the deep end of storytelling. I think streaming networks are the wave of the future in terms of storytelling and working with a streamer or a doc … or Ellen DeGeneres. Their team called me a couple of weeks ago and had me guest host Ellen and that was amazing. Call me again!"

Brooke Baldwin cries as she signs off from her last CNN show

Daily Mail 16 April, 2021 - 03:56pm

By Valerie Edwards and Matthew Wright For Dailymail.com

Brooke Baldwin bid an emotional farewell as she signed off from her last CNN show after more than a decade, underlining the importance of having 'diverse voices telling our stories.' 

After reporting on the mass shooting in Indianapolis, Baldwin's segment offered a brief montage of her moments throughout the years since joining CNN in 2008. 

Baldwin then went on to explain that she was not initially supposed to have the show, told that she would 'keep this seat warm just for a week,' Mediaite reports. 

Brooke Baldwin bid an emotional farewell as she signed off on Friday, her last CNN show

'This job using my voice for over a decade has been nothing short of a profound privilege,' Baldwin said, getting teary eyed. 'So to you at home, thank you. Thank you for trusting me. Thank you for holding me accountable. And thank you for all of the love.' 

Baldwin would then thank her 'CNN family,' telling them: 'Thank you for making me better, thank you for pushing me, thank you for believing in me and my big backflip off the high dive today.' 

She added: 'I'm leaving this place even better than I found it.' 

The host shared that she was not fully sure of what her next steps would be, but expressed optimism at what was to come.

After reporting on the mass shooting in Indianapolis, Baldwin's segment offered a brief montage of her moments throughout the years since joining in 2008

Baldwin would then thank her 'CNN family,' telling them: 'Thank you for making me better, thank you for pushing me, thank you for believing in me and my big backflip off the high dive today'

'I'm OK with that because what I know is that I'm a journalist and a storyteller for life,' she declared. 

Baldwin then turned her attention to celebrating diverse voices reporting news, sharing her excitement after seeing all female journalists asking questions at a recent president press secretary briefing. 

'We do need diverse voices telling our stories. We do need diverse voices telling our stories from in front of the camera and to the executive suites. We are making progress. So whatever industry you are in, my parting words: Get a little uncomfortable, speak up, and keep pushing. I'm Brooke Baldwin here in New York, and I cannot wait to have you join me on our journey together.' 

Earlier this month, Baldwin slammed the company for what she said was the lack of women leaders just months after she was taken off air and replaced by Jake Tapper. 

CNN's Brooke Baldwin (pictured), who is leaving the network this month, has slammed the company for the lack of women leaders just months after she was taken off air and replaced by Jake Tapper

Baldwin announced in February that she would be leaving the network after 13 years. At the time, Baldwin made the shock announcement at the start of her 3pm show, CNN Newsroom, telling viewers 'there is just more I need to do outside the walls of this place'.

Ahead of her departure, Baldwin, who first joined CNN in 2008, sat down for an interview with Ms. Magazine podcast where she described CNN as a male-dominated network. 

'The most influential anchors on our network, the highest-paid, are men. My bosses, my executives, are men. The person who oversees CNN Dayside is a man, and my executive producer for 10 years is a man. So I've been surrounded by a lot of men,' Baldwin said. 

Baldwin, who was temporarily pulled from the air in the build to the 2020 election and replaced by Tapper, said during the interview that she has fought for women's stories. 

'I know I, personally, fight for women's stories,' Baldwin said. 'I got told no a lot and I still managed to do it,' Baldwin said, referring to the CNN series American Woman.

CNN's Digital series American Woman features stories of women who have been trailblazers in their fields.  

Baldwin was interviewed on Ms. Magazine podcast (pictured) where she described CNN as a male-dominated network. 'The most influential anchors on our network, the highest-paid, are men. My bosses, my executives, are men. So I've been surrounded by a lot of men,' she said

Baldwin announced in February (pictured) that she would be leaving the network after 13 years. At the time, Baldwin made the shock announcement at the start of her 3pm show, CNN Newsroom, telling viewers 'there is just more I need to do outside the walls of this place'

She noted that CNN has slowly started to give more women power but 'we still have a bit of a ways to go. I want more women in the room'. 

In February, when Baldwin announced she'd be leaving, she said: 'The next chapter will focus on what I love the most about my work: amplifying the lives of extraordinary Americans and putting my passion for storytelling to good use.' 

Baldwin's departure from CNN coincides with the release of her first book, Huddle: How Women Unlock Their Collective Power.

Baldwin's exit may have been foreshadowed last fall when she posted a cryptic message to Instagram in October which suggested she was being forced off the air and temporarily replaced by Tapper. 

'As the election gears up, the political maestro @jaketapper will hold down my hour and his for the coming weeks. Wish I was with you, but I'll see ya on [TV] on the flip side of the election,' she wrote on October 1.

She gave no explanation for the move, but told supporters it was 'not my choice' to temporarily withdraw from her afternoon slot.

Baldwin's exit may have been foreshadowed last fall when she posted a cryptic message to Instagram in October which suggested she was being forced off the air and temporarily replaced by Jake Tapper (pictured)

When asked by one fan, 'Why are you taking so many weeks off at such an important time?', she simply replied: 'Not my choice.'

She said she was going 'nowhere' in response to a question about her moving on elsewhere, and also dispelled speculation that the decision to step aside was for health reasons insisting that she is 'healthy'.

Her show was then pulled for several weeks, with CNN claiming they needed more airtime for the reporters in Washington, DC. 

Baldwin was one of the network's highest-earning journalists, with a reported annual salary in the region of $4million.

The highest paid is Anderson Cooper, who is said to earn around $12million a year.  

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Brooke Baldwin praised by CNN stars as she leaves network

The Sun 16 April, 2021 - 03:04pm

News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services.

BROOKE Baldwin has been praised by CNN stars Wolf Blitzer and Don Lemon as she leaves the news network.

Wolf Blitzer, the anchor for The Situation Room, said in a Twitter post: "My good friend and colleague @BrookeBaldwin is wrapping up her wonderful years at @CNN today.

"We will miss her but we wish her only the very best as she embarks on her next adventure."

Don Lemon wrote on the social media site: "I have been friends with @BrookeBaldwin for more than a decade, so her departure from @CNN is bitter-sweet for me.

"From our lively New Years' Eve parties to our fun dinner dates, it’s been a blast! Wishing you all the best from here. NYE won’t ever be the same.

Abby D Phillip, the anchor of Inside Politics Sunday, called Baldwin "the best" in a Twitter message.

She wrote: "She’s just the best. We’ll miss you."

The anchor started her final show one-hour ahead of schedule, ending her 13 years at the broadcasting network.

Baldwin, 41, started her show by discussing the mass shooting that took place on Thursday night at a FedEx building in Indianapolis.

Her final day comes just two months after she announced her departure in a touching on-air statement.

"Before we get going, I want to start with some personal news," Baldwin said. "I will be leaving CNN in April."

She went on to detail her journey through the local news industry, saying her dream was always to become a "full-time CNN correspondent."

Baldwin thanked her viewers for their support when she was battling Covid last year, saying she is "so grateful for your loyalty and passion."

The anchor returned to work in April of last year after battling coronavirus for nearly three weeks.

While explaining her decision to leave the news outlet, Baldwin went on to also give thanks to her show team, telling them "you know who you are."

Baldwin went on to announce that she has been spending the last two years writing a book, that was released on April 6.

She said she will be focusing on "amplifying the lives of extraordinary Americans and putting my passion for storytelling to good use."

Alongside releasing her book, she added that there is "more I need to do outside of the walls of this place."

She also confirmed that she does not have a job that she is "jumping straight into," admitting that she feels "very vulnerable."

Baldwin concluded that she is "so excited about what is to come" before taking a large breath and appearing to compose herself.

Ahead of her final show, on Thursday, Baldwin posted a photograph to Instagram of the dress she planned to wear on her final show.

"One last dress hanging in my office," Baldwin posted. "For one last show."

"See you Friday," she ended with a triple heart emoji. Accompanying the caption were the hashtags CNN, 13 years and "what a run."

Baldwin’s reported salary at the news outlet was $4million.

She is one of the top-earning journalists at CNN, whose highest paid star is anchor Anderson Cooper, who makes a reported $12million.

Just one week before leaving the outlet, Baldwin slammed the network over the lack of female leadership.

The outgoing anchor told the Ms Magazine podcast that she had to "fight for women's stories" with the network's male-dominated executive staff.

Baldwin claimed that there is a "bit of a ways to go” in making the work environment more equal.

"The most influential anchors on our network, the highest-paid, are men," Baldwin said.

"My bosses, my executives, are men. The person who oversees CNN Dayside is a man, and my executive producer for 10 years is a man.

"So I’ve been surrounded by a lot of men."

Baldwin said that it began in the early part of her career and as she was rising through the ranks, she was "surrounded by a lot of dudes." 

The Peabody Award finalist added that CNN is getting better "little by little" in giving power to women in digital and executive newsgathering positions.

Yet Balwin claimed that it has still not gone far enough.

"It’s getting better but we still have a bit of a ways to go," she said. "I want more women in the room."

"I know I, personally, fight for women’s stories," Baldwin continued. "I got told no a lot and I still managed to do it." 

Baldwin was previously based in CNN’s Atlanta office but relocated to New York City in 2014.

She has since covered monumental events such as President Obama's second inauguration in January 2013, the Orlando nightclub shooting, and President Trump’s inauguration in January of 2017.

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Brooke Baldwin cries in her final show as she’s shown tribute vid

The Sun 16 April, 2021 - 02:58pm

News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services.

BROOKE Baldwin cried in her final show as she was shown a tribute video celebrating her 13 years at CNN.

The anchor was seen swallowing her tears as she began her goodbye speech on Friday afternoon - but she couldn't resist a sly dig at the network.

Baldwin started her show by discussing the mass shooting that took place on Thursday night at a FedEx building in Indianapolis.

Just 10 minutes before the end of her show, the broadcasting network played a video showing her best moments over the past decade.

Bidding farewell to her "CNN family," the anchor said "thank you for making me better, thank you for pushing me, thank you for believing in me and my big back flip off the high dive today."

Despite confessing that she does not know what her next career move, she admitted "I'm ok with that because what I know is that I'm a journalist and a storyteller for life."

As she signed off for the final time, the screen faded to black.

Her final day comes just two months after she announced her departure in a touching on-air statement.

"Before we get going, I want to start with some personal news," Baldwin, 41, said. "I will be leaving CNN in April."

She went on to detail her journey through the local news industry, saying her dream was always to become a "full-time CNN correspondent."

Baldwin thanked her viewers for their support when she was battling Covid last year, saying she is "so grateful for your loyalty and passion."

The anchor returned to work in April of last year after battling coronavirus for nearly three weeks.

While explaining her decision to leave the news outlet, Baldwin went on to also give thanks to her show team, telling them "you know who you are."

Baldwin went on to announce that she has been spending the last two years writing a book, that was released on April 6.

She said she will be focusing on "amplifying the lives of extraordinary Americans and putting my passion for storytelling to good use."

Alongside releasing her book, she added that there is "more I need to do outside of the walls of this place."

She also confirmed that she does not have a job that she is "jumping straight into," admitting that she feels "very vulnerable."

Baldwin concluded that she is "so excited about what is to come" before taking a large breath and appearing to compose herself.

Ahead of her final show, on Thursday, Baldwin posted a photograph to Instagram of the dress she planned to wear on her final show.

"One last dress hanging in my office," Baldwin posted. "For one last show."

"See you Friday," she ended with a triple heart emoji. Accompanying the caption were the hashtags CNN, 13 years and "what a run."

Baldwin’s reported salary at the news outlet was $4million.

She is one of the top-earning journalists at CNN, whose highest paid star is anchor Anderson Cooper, who makes a reported $12million.

Just one week before leaving the outlet, Baldwin slammed the network over the lack of female leadership.

The outgoing anchor told the Ms Magazine podcast that she had to "fight for women's stories" with the network's male-dominated executive staff.

Baldwin claimed that there is a "bit of a ways to go” in making the work environment more equal.

"The most influential anchors on our network, the highest-paid, are men," Baldwin said.

"My bosses, my executives, are men. The person who oversees CNN Dayside is a man, and my executive producer for 10 years is a man.

"So I’ve been surrounded by a lot of men."

Baldwin said that it began in the early part of her career and as she was rising through the ranks, she was "surrounded by a lot of dudes." 

The Peabody Award finalist added that CNN is getting better "little by little" in giving power to women in digital and executive newsgathering positions.

Yet Balwin claimed that it has still not gone far enough.

"It’s getting better but we still have a bit of a ways to go," she said. "I want more women in the room."

"I know I, personally, fight for women’s stories," Baldwin continued. "I got told no a lot and I still managed to do it." 

Baldwin was previously based in CNN’s Atlanta office but relocated to New York City in 2014.

She has since covered monumental events such as President Obama's second inauguration in January 2013, the Orlando nightclub shooting, and President Trump’s inauguration in January of 2017.

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Brooke Baldwin appears on CNN for her last show after blasting network

The Sun 16 April, 2021 - 01:07pm

News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services.

BROOKE Baldwin has appeared on CNN for her last show after blasting the network on her way out.

The anchor started her final show one-hour ahead of schedule, ending her 13 years at the broadcasting network.

Baldwin started her show by discussing the mass shooting that took place on Thursday night at a FedEx building in Indianapolis.

Just 10 minutes before the end of her show, the broadcasting network played a video showing her best moments over the past decade.

Bidding farewell to her "CNN family," the anchor said "thank you for making me better, thank you for pushing me, thank you for believing in me and my big back flip off the high dive today."

Despite confessing that she does not know what her next career move, she admitted "I'm ok with that because what I know is that I'm a journalist and a storyteller for life."

As she signed off for the final time, the screen faded to black.

Her final day comes just two months after she announced her departure in a touching on-air statement.

"Before we get going, I want to start with some personal news," Baldwin, 41, said. "I will be leaving CNN in April."

She went on to detail her journey through the local news industry, saying her dream was always to become a "full-time CNN correspondent."

Baldwin thanked her viewers for their support when she was battling Covid last year, saying she is "so grateful for your loyalty and passion."

The anchor returned to work in April of last year after battling coronavirus for nearly three weeks.

While explaining her decision to leave the news outlet, Baldwin went on to also give thanks to her show team, telling them "you know who you are."

Baldwin went on to announce that she has been spending the last two years writing a book, that was released on April 6.

She said she will be focusing on "amplifying the lives of extraordinary Americans and putting my passion for storytelling to good use."

Alongside releasing her book, she added that there is "more I need to do outside of the walls of this place."

She also confirmed that she does not have a job that she is "jumping straight into," admitting that she feels "very vulnerable."

Baldwin concluded that she is "so excited about what is to come" before taking a large breath and appearing to compose herself.

Ahead of her final show, on Thursday, Baldwin posted a photograph to Instagram of the dress she planned to wear on her final show.

"One last dress hanging in my office," Baldwin posted. "For one last show."

"See you Friday," she ended with a triple heart emoji. Accompanying the caption were the hashtags CNN, 13 years and "what a run."

Baldwin’s reported salary at the news outlet was $4million.

She is one of the top-earning journalists at CNN, whose highest paid star is anchor Anderson Cooper, who makes a reported $12million.

Just one week before leaving the outlet, Baldwin slammed the network over the lack of female leadership.

The outgoing anchor told the Ms Magazine podcast that she had to "fight for women's stories" with the network's male-dominated executive staff.

Baldwin claimed that there is a "bit of a ways to go” in making the work environment more equal.

"The most influential anchors on our network, the highest-paid, are men," Baldwin said.

"My bosses, my executives, are men. The person who oversees CNN Dayside is a man, and my executive producer for 10 years is a man.

"So I’ve been surrounded by a lot of men."

Baldwin said that it began in the early part of her career and as she was rising through the ranks, she was "surrounded by a lot of dudes." 

The Peabody Award finalist added that CNN is getting better "little by little" in giving power to women in digital and executive newsgathering positions.

Yet Balwin claimed that it has still not gone far enough.

"It’s getting better but we still have a bit of a ways to go," she said. "I want more women in the room."

"I know I, personally, fight for women’s stories," Baldwin continued. "I got told no a lot and I still managed to do it." 

Baldwin was previously based in CNN’s Atlanta office but relocated to New York City in 2014.

She has since covered monumental events such as President Obama's second inauguration in January 2013, the Orlando nightclub shooting, and President Trump’s inauguration in January of 2017.

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