Suzanne Malveaux, who has been an anchor and correspondent for CNN for the past 20 years, is leaving the network.
In a note to staffers on Friday, she said that she had “made the heartfelt decision to put myself and my family first and to pursue my long-desired professional passions: using storytelling to promote wellness, resiliency and social justice.”
Malveaux is the latest veteran to depart the network. Barbara Starr, longtime Pentagon correspondent, exited last month. Others, including Martin Savidge, were part of the round of layoffs in early December, affecting hundreds of staffers. Although Malveaux’s name was rumored then as one of the on-air figures who was exiting, a source said that her departure was unrelated to the layoffs.
She wrote in her memo that she approached CNN in the fall of 2022 “about focusing on my family and possibly pursuing some new opportunities,” and that the network “supported me. I’m thrilled one of those projects will be a collaboration with a great grandson of Nelson Mandela to tell stories and spotlight communities in conflict poised to find peace. Stay tuned.”
Malveaux’s partner is White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, and they have an 8-year-old daughter. Malveaux has served as national correspondent as the network has sought to avoid a conflict of interest. The Washington Post first reported on her departure.
During her tenure at CNN, Malveaux served as White House correspondent and was substitute anchor for Wolf Blitzer on The Situation Room, as well as a permanent anchor during daytime. She previously was a correspondent at NBC News.
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