Alisyn Camerota joins CNN…

CNN announced this morning that Alisyn Camerota has joined the network as an anchor. OK, so who gets sacrificed to make room for her? The fact that a permanent position will not be announced for months is, I think, not an accident…

ALISYN CAMEROTA JOINS CNN AS ANCHOR

Veteran anchor and reporter Alisyn Camerota has joined CNN Worldwide as an anchor.  She begins today.  Camerota comes to CNN after 16 years at FOX News Channel, which she left in March.   

“I have been a fan of Alisyn’s for a very long time, and couldn’t be happier that she has agreed to come to CNN,” said Jeff Zucker, President, CNN Worldwide.  “She is not only a seasoned journalist with a great curiosity and passion for the news, but she has a presence on camera that I think is very hard to find.  I can’t wait to have her on the air at CNN.” 

Camerota will contribute to all programs across CNN.  A permanent role will be announced in the coming months. 

“From the moment Jeff Zucker shared his vision for innovative storytelling at CNN, I wanted to be part of it,” said Camerota.  “I know the power of cable news and it’s exciting to be going to the place that invented it and continues to be the standard bearer for stories of international import.  I’ve always admired the fine work of the journalists at CNN and I’m honored to join their ranks.”
 
Most recently, Camerota served as co-host of America’s News Headquarters on Fox News Channel.  Before that, she co-anchored Fox & Friends Weekend and contributed to the Fox & Friends weekday franchise where she covered the gamut of hard news and human interest stories.  Camerota was live on the air as the Iraq War began, the space shuttle Columbia exploded, and countless other breaking news events.  Prior to her role as anchor, she served as National Correspondent in the network’s Boston bureau, which included overseas assignments in London and Rome.

Before joining FOX, Camerota was a correspondent and substitute host for NBC’s national daytime magazine show, REALlife, traveling the country and telling stories of compelling people.  She also served as a reporter at WHDH-TV, the NBC affiliate in Boston, and ABC6 in Providence, Rhode Island.  She spent five years as a crime reporter for the program America’s Most Wanted.  Camerota attended The American University on an academic scholarship and graduated cum laude.  Her first job in news was helping to research and produce Ted Koppel’s award-winning documentaries.  Her work contributed to the receipt of a prestigious DuPont award.   She is married and has three children. 

17 Responses to “Alisyn Camerota joins CNN…”

  1. MSNBC YOU ‘AGAIN’ MISSED OUT ON A ‘VERY GOOD ONE’, SHE WOULD HAVE MADE THE MORNING TALK/AFTERNOON NEWS PROGRAMS MUCH BETTER. ‘HEAR ME PHIL GRIFFIN, MORNING JOE, ET., ETC.

  2. Agreed. She will shine on CNN in the right place.

  3. A few items on her CV peeked my interest as to why she turned up on CNN.

    1) “Camerota was a correspondent and substitute host for NBC’s national daytime magazine show, REALlife, traveling the country and telling stories of compelling people.”

    ^^Just the kind of experience Zucker is looking for on his new reality/documentary based channel.

    2) “She spent five years as a crime reporter for the program America’s Most Wanted.”

    ^^CNN has just launched a remake of AMW on the network with host John Walsh.

    3) “Her first job in news was helping to research and produce Ted Koppel’s award-winning documentaries”

    ^^Once again fitting in with CNN’s new reality/documentary lineup.

    I don’t see any openings happening at MSNBC for experienced female journalist/ hosts any time soon. They too are moving in a different direction.

    As for why she left FNC; I assume she just got too old. She’s 48.

  4. “Assume” makes a u know what out of u and me. Fritz thinks Fox dumped AC because she’s too old. And yet there sits Greta. No, Fritz can’t figure out she wanted more $$ than FNC would pay, but he can’t resist the chance to smear Fox.

  5. motownman Says:

    It was well known Aly was disappointed when Fox passed her over and hired Elisabeth Hasselbeck to host F&F. That had more to do with Aly’s leaving than age or money. Good luck to Aly at CNN.

  6. “It was well known Aly was disappointed when Fox passed her over and hired Elisabeth Hasselbeck to host F&F. That had more to do with Aly’s leaving than age or money.”

    ^^I don’t disagree; but age (and I give you EH was a big catch for FNC) probably played some role in her being passed over on F&F.

  7. icemannyr Says:

    I don’t believe age was an issue either. FBN and FNC have female talent at or over 50 including recent hire Deirdre Bolton.

  8. joeremi Says:

    I believe age played into the situation for the segment Alisyn occupied at FNC. It’s easy to generalize and say that there are older women on air at that network, but they aren’t hosting variations of F&F. Hasselbeck won’t be after 10 years, either.

  9. “It’s easy to generalize and say that there are older women on air at that network, but they aren’t hosting variations of F&F.”

    ^^That’s my point too. The center seat at F&F is always occupied by a female version of Steve Doocy. EH fits that description to a tee. AC doesn’t.

  10. Alisyn is too smart for that room. It’s a wonder she stayed as long as she did.

  11. The ever authoritative Joe and Fritz are both pretending AlisynC was hosting Fox & Friends. She wasn’t! She was moved into daytime and was co-hosting with Hemmer. So all this talk about the F&F center seat, or blather about her being too old for F&F is bunk. She was anchoring daytime news.

  12. joeremi Says:

    Uh, yeah..she was doing a shift with Hemmer after being passed over for the gig she wanted.

  13. Uh-huh, just Fox-hate at work.

  14. joeremi Says:

    Uh-huh, just Fox-hate at work.

    I am quite familiar with this bizarre tactic of responding to anything that isn’t a fawning worship of FOX as “FOX hating”. It doesn’t work on a real cable news blog. Take it to the fan site.

  15. Works great where needed. Who made you scorekeeper?

  16. … take a bit of Fox a bit of ABC and add a dash of Lemon.

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