Poppy Harlow to leave CNN  

Poppy Harlow is leaving CNN. CNN CEO Mark Thompson announced her departure during the channel's 9 a.m. editorial call Friday, and the veteran anchor followed up with an email to colleagues shortly thereafter.

"Mark, Amy, and the CNN management team have been amazing, allowing me the time to make this decision. I'm very grateful to them," Harlow wrote.  

"CNN provided me the opportunity to travel across the country and around the world, often at the worst of times, but also when mankind demonstrates its best qualities.  

"A lot has been said about what's wrong with journalism and the issues our business faces. And it does. But there's also a lot to like about it," Harlow added.   

Most recently, the anchor co-hosted CNN This Morning, the cable news channel's morning show. The show, which Harlow previously presented with Phil Mattingly, was effectively discontinued earlier this year, with production shifting to Atlanta.

Mattingly then took on a new role as chief domestic correspondent and fill-in anchor. 

Harlow was part of the inaugural CNN This Morning crew, which was unveiled by then-CEO Chris Licht in 2022. Harlow collaborated with Don Lemon and Kaitlan Collins to update the channel's morning lineup. 

Lemon, of course, was fired from the channel a year ago (Licht followed shortly after), and Collins moved to the 9 p.m. hour.CNN CEO Mark Thompson and Amy Entelis issued remarks praising Harlow.  

"Poppy is a unique talent who combines formidable reporting and interviewing prowess with a human touch that audiences have always responded to," says Thompson.   

"Poppy leaves CNN after more than 16 memorable years, thousands of hours in the anchor chair and hundreds of reports from the field," Entelis wrote in a statement. We will miss Poppy, a wonderful journalist who sets the benchmark for compassionate and humane reporting.  

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