Looks like Soledad O’Brien is tired of waking up at ungodly hours. The Starting Point host is leaving the CNN show roughly 10 years after joining it.
According to The New York Times the 46-year-old is poised to start her own production company and refocus her career on supplying documentaries to the network and others. She is behind the popular Black in America franchise for CNN, and is currently prepping two new instalments.
The exit comes on the heels of a regime change at the network. Now that former NBC chief Jeff Zucker has taken over as president of CNN, he has been having conversations about the future of the network.
According to the Post, Zucker’s vision included a continued partnership with O’Brien (the pair worked together on Weekend Today.
“We greatly value Soledad’s experience, and her first-rate storytelling will continue to be an asset to CNN,” Zucker said in an official statement. “Documentaries and long-form story telling are important to our brand and we’re anticipating more of what we’ve come to expect from her — riveting content.”