Candy Crowley

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. She has covered elections for over two decades.

Candy Crowley
Crowley in February 2008, at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas
Candy Alt Crowley

December 26, 1948 (age 70)
EducationThe Principia School
Randolph-Macon Woman's College
OccupationBroadcast journalist, anchor
Notable credit(s)
Inside Politics
Anchor of State of the Union
TitleChief political correspondent

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.[1] 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.[2]


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.[2] She moved from NBC to CNN in 1987.[3] She hosted Inside Politics in place of Judy Woodruff before the show was replaced with The Situation Room.[4] In February 2010, Crowley succeeded John King as an anchor of the Sunday morning political talk show State of the Union.[5]

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.[3]

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."[6]

Crowley served as the moderator October 16, 2012 for the second presidential election debate between President Barack Obama and his Republican opponent Mitt Romney.[7] 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.[8][9][10][11][12] Crowley later admitted that Romney was "right in the main" in his comments,[13] 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.[14]

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.[15][16]

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."[17] Her last broadcast was on State of the Union on December 21, 2014.[18] On August 17, 2015, Politico reported that CNN correspondent Dana Bash would replace Crowley as chief political correspondent.

In fall 2015, Crowley became a fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics.[19] She has retired from daily work and is serving as a paid guest speaker.[20]

Personal life

Crowley is a vegetarian and practices Transcendental Meditation.[3][21] She is divorced,[22] and has two children and two stepchildren. Her elder child is a neurosurgeon and her younger son a musician.[23] Crowley is not related to Fox News commentator Monica Crowley.


  1. ^ Angel, Traci (January 2005). "Catching Up With...Candy Crowley". St. Louis Magazine.
  2. ^ a b "Anchors & Reporters: Candy Crowley". CNN. Archived from the original on June 19, 2012. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c Rainey, James (November 18, 2009). "She's lighter 'in a lot of ways'". Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ "Saying Goodbye To Inside Politics". TVNewser. August 5, 2005.
  5. ^ "Crowley to take over State of the Union anchor chair". CNN. January 31, 2010.
  6. ^ Veseer, Natasha (January 25, 2012). "Political correspondent Candy Crowley to receive William Allen White citation". KU Press Release.
  7. ^ Blake, Aaron (August 13, 2012). "Presidential Debate Moderators Announced: Crowley Is First Woman in 20 Years". Washington Post.
  8. ^ Goldman, Russell (October 17, 2012). "Candy Crowley Defends Her Libya Comment During Presidential Debate". ABC News. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
  9. ^ Munro, Neil (October 17, 2012). "Obama dodges Benghazi bullet as debate descends into semantics". The Daily Caller. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
  10. ^ Stephanopolous, George (October 21, 2012). "Greta Van Susteren: Candy Crowley 'Clumsy' on Benghazi Debate Interjection". ABC News. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  11. ^ Monroe, Bryan (October 20, 2012). "The truth about what Candy Crowley said". CNN. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  12. ^ Greenberg, Jon (October 27, 2012). "Romney says Obama waited 14 days to call Libya attack terror". Politifact. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
  13. ^ Schwartz, Ian (October 16, 2012). "Candy Crowley: Romney Was Actually "Right In The Main" On Libya". RealClearPolitics. Retrieved October 15, 2016.
  14. ^ "Fox News Blames Crowley/Truth for Obama Debate Win". The Young Turks. October 18, 2012.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ Wemple, Erik (March 18, 2013). "CNN is getting hammered for Steubenville coverage". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 9, 2013.
  17. ^ Bradner, Eric. "Crowley to leave CNN after 27 years". CNN. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  18. ^ "Candy bids CNN farewell (video)". CNN. December 21, 2014. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
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  21. ^ McCarthy, Ellen (August 24, 2010). "Candy Crowley, veteran CNN reporter, takes on competitive Sunday morning slot". The Washington Post.
  22. ^ McCarthy, Ellen (August 26, 2010). "CNN Host Candy Crowley anchored in nuance". The Peninsula. Archived from the original on November 3, 2013. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
  23. ^ McCarthy, Ellen (August 30, 2010). "CNN's new anchor Candy Crowley is not your typical broadcaster". The Daily Herald. Retrieved August 4, 2013.

External links

2012 United States presidential debates

The bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) held four debates for the 2012 U.S. presidential general election, slated for various locations around the United States in October 2012 – three of them involving the major party presidential nominees (later determined to be Democratic President Barack Obama from Illinois and former Republican Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts), and one involving the vice-presidential nominees (Vice President Joe Biden from Delaware and Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin).The CPD stipulates three criteria for eligibility: constitutionally eligible, appearance on enough ballots to potentially reach 270 electoral votes, and average at least 15% on five selected national polls. Four candidates achieved the first two criteria: Democratic nominee Barack Obama, Green nominee Jill Stein, Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson, and Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Only Obama and Romney also satisfied the third criterion of averaging 15% in five selected national polls and thus were the only two to appear in 2012 CPD debates.

The moderators for the debates were announced on August 13, 2012.All four debates took place between 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. EDT (6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. PDT).Subsequently, on October 3, 2012, both campaigns executed a memorandum of understanding governing technical and administrative details of the debate. The agreement describes the role of the moderator, rules applicable to each debate, staging and seating arrangements, and ticket distribution, and was signed by Robert Bauer and Benjamin Ginsberg, general counsel of the Obama and Romney campaigns, respectively.A non-CPD sanctioned debate, moderated by Larry King and organized by the Free and Equal Elections Foundation in protest of the CPD's monopoly of presidential debates, took place on October 23, 2012 between 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. EDT. Four third party candidates — Rocky Anderson, Virgil Goode, Gary Johnson, and Jill Stein — took part. Romney and Obama were also invited, but declined to participate. On October 22, the Free and Equal Elections Foundation announced a second third-party presidential debate that was originally scheduled between 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. EDT on October 30, featuring the top two candidates from the post-debate poll conducted after the first debate. Jill Stein and Gary Johnson were selected for the second debate using Instant run-off voting. The debate was hosted by RT. On October 28, the date of this debate was changed to November 5 due to Hurricane Sandy.Ralph Nader hosted and moderated a 2-hour presidential debate between Rocky Anderson, Jill Stein, Virgil Goode, and Gary Johnson, on November 4, 2012.

Barbara Starr

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CNN Special Investigations Unit

CNN Special Investigations Unit is an American investigative documentary program on CNN weekends.

Expanding upon CNN Presents, SIU focuses on each episode being an in depth investigative report about news stories being covered, commonly featuring a number of interviews with experts on the issue and people who have witnessed the story taking place. The reports are commonly long-form, allowing for the network to cover more information and perspectives than would be available during a 5-minute report on another CNN program, such as CNN Newsroom.

Compared to Presents, the show has taken a slightly larger point of the reporting being done by CNN reporters, the first commercials promoting the program largely showing pictures of anchors and reporters on locations, asking questions to people on the locations. In addition, the look and feel of the show has changed somewhat drastically, adding more emphasis on the graphics used to present the program itself, in addition to the stories being covered. In addition, presentations on SIU are shorter in length than on Presents, which is now used as a special event for larger special reports that take place on a long-term basis.

Since the program's introduction, the network has slowly shifted towards relabeling past Presents presentations into SIU formatted ones, changing the graphics to reflect the new general label given to long-form reporting done by the network.

CNN Special Investigations Unit taps into the network's worldwide resources and deep bench of journalists, including chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour, anchors Anderson Cooper, John Roberts, and Soledad O'Brien, chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, correspondents John King, Candy Crowley, Abbie Boudreau, Drew Griffin and others.

Candy (name)

Candy is a surname, given name, nickname or stage name. Notable people with the name include:


Charles Candy (1832–1910), Union officer in the American Civil War

Christian and Nick Candy, property developers

Don Candy (born 1929), Australian tennis player

Henry Candy (born 1944), British racehorse trainer

John Candy (1950–1994), Canadian comedic actor

Brooke Candy (born 1989), American rapperGiven name, nickname or stage name:

Candy, a slave accused of witchcraft during the Salem witch trials

Candy Atherton (born 1955), British journalist and former Member of Parliament

Candy Barr (1935–2005), American stripper, exotic dancer and model

Candy Broad (born 1956), Australian politician

Candy Candido (1913–1999), American radio performer, bass player and voice actor

Candy Clark (born 1947), American actress

Candy Crowley (born 1948), CNN television anchor and chief political correspondent

Candy Cummings (1848–1924), American baseball player credited with inventing the curve ball

Candy Darling (1944–1974), American transsexual actress

Candy Devine (born 1956), American actress

Candy Dulfer (born 1969), Dutch jazz saxophonist

Candy Jones (1925–1990), born Jessica Arline Wilcox, American fashion model, writer and radio talk show hostess

Candy Hsu (born 1998), Taiwanese singer-songwriter

Candy Lo (born 1974), Canto-rock singer-songwriter and actress from Hong Kong

Candy Maldonado (born 1960), former Major League Baseball player, baseball commentator

Candy Nelson (1849–1910), early Major League Baseball player

Candy Reynolds (born 1955), American former tennis player

Candy Spelling (born 1945), American author and socialite, widow of film and television producer Aaron Spelling

Ray Candy (1951–1994), American professional wrestler

Emily Zheng (born 1993), also known as Candy, Taiwanese actress, member of BlackieFictional characters:

Candy Kong, in the Donkey Kong video game series

Candy Southern, in the Marvel Comics universe

DJ Candy, in the MySims video game series

Etta Candy, in the DC Comics Wonder Woman series

Candy, in John Steinbeck's 1937 novel Of Mice and Men

Candy, in the TV series Dave the Barbarian

Candy, in the anime series Smile PreCure!

Candy, the title character of Candy Candy, a 1976 Japanese shojo manga, anime and novel series

Candy Caramella, in the TV series Space Goofs

Candy Chu, one of the characters of Gravity Falls

Candy Smiles, in the TV series Cory in the House

Candice White Andley, aka Candy, the main character of the Candy Candy franchise

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Jeanne Moos

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Kaitlan Collins

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New Normal (business)

New Normal is a term in business and economics that refers to financial conditions following the financial crisis of 2007-2008 and the aftermath of the 2008–2012 global recession. The term has since been used in a variety of other contexts to imply that something which was previously abnormal has become commonplace.

The term arose from the context of cautioning the belief of economists and policy makers that industrial economies would revert to their most recent means post the 2007-2008 financial crisis.The January 29, 2009 Philadelphia City Paper quoted Paul Glover (activist) referring to the need for "new normals" in community development, when introducing his cover story "Prepare for the Best." External link below: "Gotta Find a Better Way" paragraph 3

The 2010 Per Jacobsson lecture delivered by the head of PIMCO, Mohamed A. El-Erian, was titled "Navigating the New Normal in Industrial Countries". In the lecture El-Erian stated that "Our use of the term was an attempt to move the discussion beyond the notion that the crisis was a mere flesh wound...instead the crisis cut to the bone. It was the inevitable result of an extraordinary, multiyear period which was anything but normal".The term has subsequently been used by ABC News, BBC News, the New York Times, and formed part of a question by Candy Crowley, the moderator of the Second U.S. presidential debate of 2012.

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Randolph College

Randolph College is a private liberal arts and sciences college in Lynchburg, Virginia. Founded in 1891 as Randolph-Macon Woman's College, it was renamed on July 1, 2007, when it became coeducational.

The college offers 32 majors; 42 minors; pre-professional programs in law, medicine, veterinary medicine, engineering physics, and teaching; and a dual degree program in engineering. Undergraduate degrees offered include the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Fine Arts. Randolph also offers two graduate degrees, the Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.

Randolph College is an NCAA Division III school competing in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC). The college fields varsity teams in six men's and eight women's sports. The coed riding team competed in both the ODAC and the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. The recent decision to close the Riding Center currently leaves the fate of the team unclear, however.

Notable alumni include author Pearl S. Buck, who won the Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize, former U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln, and CNN senior political correspondent Candy Crowley.

Randolph is a member of The Annapolis Group of colleges in the United States, the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia, and the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges.

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The program is broadcast from 9:00 am to 10:00 am ET, with a replay at noon to 1:00 pm ET from CNN's studios in Washington D.C.

The Principia

The Principia is an educational institution for Christian Scientists located on two campuses in the St. Louis, Missouri metropolitan area of the United States. Principia School, located in West St. Louis County, serves students from early childhood through high school and Principia College, located about thirty miles away, is on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River in Elsah, Illinois.

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