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Crowley Assumes Anchor Chair For CNN's 'State of the Union'

CNN has tapped senior political correspondent Candy Crowley to anchor its Sunday morning political program, State of the Union.

Crowley will step into her new gig, beginning Sunday Feb. 7 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

She succeeds CNN's chief national correspondent John King at the helm of State of the Union, which launched a year ago. King will lead the weekday 7 p.m. version of the show, which will launch in February.

Hence, CNN's new Sunday lineup will begin with State of the Union at 9 a.m., followed by Fareed Zakaria GPS at 10 a.m. and Reliable Sources at 11 a.m. An updated edition of State of the Union will air at noon followed by a replay of GPS at 1 p.m. CNN's Amanpour will air at 2 p.m. and replay at 5 p.m.

"Candy's rare combination of shrewd insight and healthy irreverence for the games politicians play has made her one of the most honored political journalists and a cult figure among CNN viewers," said CNN/U.S. president Jonathan Klein in announcing Crowley's move. "Every Sunday, she'll translate Washington-speak into plain English that every American can understand, as she has been doing better than any reporter on the beat for decades."

"To me, Sunday morning is a sweet spot-a weekly meeting place to bring the hopes, worries and questions of everyday Americans I talk with along the campaign trail to the people I talk with in the corridors of power," said Crowley. "Add to those conversations, interviews with A-team experts and international heavyweights making sense of global issues and what you have is interesting, relevant information. I can't wait."