Candy Crowley Biography
Candy Crowley born as Candy Alt Crowley, is an American news anchor who was employed as CNN’s chief political correspondent, specializing in USA national and state elections.
Candy is based in CNN’s Washington bureau and was the anchor of their Sunday morning talk show State of the Union and she has covered elections for over two decades.
Candy was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where her family had moved briefly from St. Louis, Missouri. Her family later moved back to St. Louis when she was a toddler and she grew up in the St. Louis County suburb of Creve Coeur, Missouri.
Candy Crowley Age
Candy was born on December 26, 1948, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S. She is 70 years old as of 2018.
Candy Crowley Education
Candy 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.
Candy Crowley Husband
Candy is divorced, and she has two children and two stepchildren. Her elder child is a neurosurgeon and her younger son a musician.
Candy Crowley Career
Candy began her career as a newsroom assistant with the Washington, D.C.-based radio station WASH‑FM. She was also an anchor for Mutual Broadcasting and the White House correspondent for the Associated Press.
Candy Crowley CNN
In 1987, Candy moved from NBC to CNN. Back then, she hosted Inside Politics in place of Judy Woodruff before the show was replaced with The Situation Room. Later in 2010, she succeeded John King as an anchor of the Sunday morning political talk show State of the Union.
Candy 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.
Candy 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 criticism for supporting Obama’s assertion during an exchange with Romney over the language the President used regarding the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi.
She later admitted that Romney was “right in the main” in his comments, despite the fact that she was correct in her assertion that President Obama cited acts of terror the day after the attack on the American Embassy in Benghazi.
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, Candy and fellow journalist Poppy Harlow were criticized for giving too much coverage to how the verdict would affect the defendants’ lives.
Candy left CNN in 2014. The network announced on December 5, 2014, her decision to leave the network after 27 years. CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker said Candy “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.”
Candy’s last broadcast was on State of the Union on December 21, 2014, and on August 17, 2015, Politico reported that CNN correspondent Dana Bash would replace Candy as chief political correspondent.
Candy Crowley Awards
Candy has won several awards. These include 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. Also, 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.”