Longtime CNN journalist Barbara Starr is leaving the network after more than two decades.
“In a memo to her CNN colleagues on Friday that was viewed by The Hill, Starr said her contract with the network would expire in the coming days and she has made the decision to move on from the cable news giant. Starr has spent more than two decades at CNN, primarily serving as the network’s Pentagon correspondent covering military and defense issues,” The Hill reported.
“She made headlines most recently in 2021 when she revealed former President Trump’s administration was seeking to manipulate both her and CNN when the Department of Justice (DOJ) secretly obtained her email records during its investigation into news leaks. Starr is the latest in a slew of marquee front-facing talent to leave CNN in recent months as the company enters a new era under CEO Chris Licht,” the outlet added.
“Licht has made significant changes to CNN’s programming and personnel since taking over this summer, earlier this month rolling out a series of layoffs and job cuts as the network’s parent company, WarnerBros. Discovery looks to trim expenditures.”
She wrote in a memo to staffers, “To my many colleagues and friends, With the expiration of my contract in the coming days I have made the decision to move on. Let me say this…you never say goodbye to your friends, so I won’t.”
The new ownership at CNN unleashed a bloodbath on staff as it dropped the ax and some prominent talent and promised that there is more to come.
It came a day after CNN chief Chris Licht informed employees at the network that layoffs were coming, and this round was headed by politics reporter and editor-at-large Chris Cillizza, the Daily Beast reported.
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