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Teresa Jue
December 05, 2014 AT 10:33 PM EST

CNN political anchor Candy Crowley is leaving after 27 years at the network.

According to The Wrap, CNN president Jeff Zucker announced Crowley’s exit via staff memo on Friday, calling her a “television news icon.”

“I wanted to let you know that Candy has let us know that she 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,” Zucker wrote in the memo obtained by The Wrap. 

Crowley began her run at CNN in 1987, serving as chief political correspondent and host of Sunday morning political show, State of the Union. Crowley has covered a wide range of presidential, congressional, and gubernatorial campaigns, and became the first woman in 20 years to moderate a presidential debate in 2012, between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

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