|Born||Candy Alt Crowley
December 26, 1948
Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.
K-12 The Principia SchoolRandolph-Macon Woman's College
|Occupation||Broadcast journalist, anchor|
|Notable credit(s)||Inside Politics
Anchor of State of the Union
|Title||Chief political correspondent|
Candy Alt Crowley (born December 26, 1948) is an American news anchor who was employed as CNN's chief political correspondent, specializing in USA national and state elections. She was based in CNN's Washington bureau and was the anchor of their Sunday morning talk show State of the Union with Candy Crowley. She has covered elections for over two decades.
Early life and education
Crowley was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where her family had moved briefly from St. Louis, Missouri. Her family moved back to St. Louis when she was a toddler and she grew up in the St. Louis County suburb of Creve Coeur, Missouri. She attended kindergarten through high school at The Principia School in St. Louis County where she graduated in 1966. After high school she attended Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Virginia, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.
Crowley started her career as a newsroom assistant with the Washington, D.C.-based radio station WASH‑FM. She was an anchor for Mutual Broadcasting and the White House correspondent for the Associated Press. She moved from NBC to CNN in 1987. She hosted Inside Politics in place of Judy Woodruff before the show was replaced with The Situation Room. In February 2010, Crowley succeeded John King as an anchor of the Sunday morning political talk show State of the Union.
Crowley has been characterized by the Los Angeles Times as a "straight shooter", her career as "sophisticated political observation, graceful writing, and determined fairness," and her style as "no-nonsense". The L.A. Times article says that because of this criticism of her reporting is equally distributed between the Democratic and Republican parties.
Crowley has won several awards, including the Broadcasters’ Award from the Associated Press, the 2003 and 1998 Dirksen Awards from the National Press Foundation, the 1997 and 2005 Joan Shorenstein Barone Award, a 2003 Emmy Award for her work on CNN Presents Enemy Within, the 2004 Gracie Allen Award for her war coverage, a National Headliner and a Cine award, the 2005 Edward R. Murrow Award, and the 2012 William Allen White Foundation National Citation from the school of journalism at the University of Kansas for her expertise on "politics, politicians, and the events that have changed the world."
Crowley served as the moderator October 16, 2012 for the second presidential election debate between President Barack Obama and his Republican opponent Mitt Romney. She received both criticism and praise for interjecting during the debate regarding the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi. Controversy arose when Crowley backed Obama's claim he stated the Benghazi attack was the result of terrorism, when her network news agency, CNN, had previously reported on September 21, 2012 that Obama only described the Benghazi attacks as terrorism "for the first time" on September 20, nine days following the attacks.  She was the first woman to moderate a presidential debate since ABC's Carole Simpson in 1992.
On March 17, 2013, following their CNN report on the guilty verdict of two Steubenville high school football players for the rape of an unconscious sixteen-year-old, Crowley and fellow journalist Poppy Harlow were criticized for giving too much coverage to how the verdict would affect the defendants' lives.
CNN announced on December 5, 2014 Crowley's decision to leave the network after 27 years. CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker said Crowley "has made the decision to move on, so she can embark on the next chapter of her already prolific career. As difficult as it is for us to imagine CNN without Candy, we know that she comes to this decision thoughtfully, and she has our full support."  Her last broadcast was on State of the Union on December 21, 2014.
Crowley is a vegetarian and practices Transcendental Meditation. She is divorced, and has two children and two stepchildren. Her elder child is a neurosurgeon and her younger son a musician. Crowley is not related to Fox News commentator Monica Crowley.
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- "Anchors & Reporters: Candy Crowley". CNN. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
- Rainey, James (November 18, 2009). "She's lighter 'in a lot of ways'". Los Angeles Times.
- "Saying Goodbye To Inside Politics". TVNewser. August 5, 2005.
- "Crowley to take over State of the Union anchor chair". CNN. January 31, 2010.
- Veseer, Natasha (January 25, 2012). "Political correspondent Candy Crowley to receive William Allen White citation". KU Press Release.
- Blake, Aaron (August 13, 2012). "Presidential Debate Moderators Announced: Crowley Is First Woman in 20 Years". Washington Post.
- Goldman, Russell (October 17, 2012). "Candy Crowley Defends Her Libya Comment During Presidential Debate". ABC News. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
- Munro, Neil (October 17, 2012). "Obama dodges Benghazi bullet as debate descends into semantics". The Daily Caller. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
- Stephanopolous, George (October 21, 2012). "Greta Van Susteren: Candy Crowley ‘Clumsy’ on Benghazi Debate Interjection". ABC News. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
- Monroe, Bryan (October 20, 2012). "The truth about what Candy Crowley said". CNN. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
- Wire Staff, CNN (September 21, 2012). "Clinton: No sign that Stevens believed he was on an al Qaeda hit list". CNN.
- Groer, Annie (October 11, 2012). "There have actually been three — count ‘em, three — female moderators of presidential debates". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 9, 2013.
- Knowles, David (March 18, 2013). "Petition blasting CNN for allegedly sympathetic coverage of Steubenville, Ohio, rape convicts garners more than 200,000 signatures". New York Daily News. Retrieved June 9, 2013.
- Wemple, Erik (March 18, 2013). "CNN is getting hammered for Steubenville coverage". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 9, 2013.
- Bradner, Eric. "Crowley to leave CNN after 27 years". CNN. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
- "Candy bids CNN farewell (video)". http://www.cnn.com. CNN. December 21, 2014. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
- McCarthy, Ellen (August 24, 2010). "Candy Crowley, veteran CNN reporter, takes on competitive Sunday morning slot". The Washington Post.
- McCarthy, Ellen (August 26, 2010). "CNN Host Candy Crowley anchored in nuance". The Peninsula. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
- McCarthy, Ellen (August 30, 2010). "CNN’s new anchor Candy Crowley is not your typical broadcaster". The Daily Herald. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
- Candy Crowley on Twitter
- Candy Crowley at the Internet Movie Database
- Citizen Jane Politics interview
- Media Bistro interview
- Candy Crowley Q & A