Journalist Candy Crowley is leaving her position as chief political correspondent at CNN after 27 years with the network.
CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker announced the news in a staff email Friday.
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," he wrote.
The 65-year-old started working at CNN in 1987 after a broadcast journalism career at WASH-FM, Mutual Broadcasting System radio network and the Associated Press. She was also a general assignment correspondent at NBC's Washington bureau.
She is "one of the most important and impactful journalists on our air," Zucker said.
Since 2010, Crowley helmed CNN's Sunday morning news program, State of the Union, and in 2012 she moderated a televised presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
"To say she lives and breathes politics is more than an understatement. She has an innate ability to sense its nuance, push its limits, and ask questions that others won't," Zucker wrote. "She is beloved in Washington even by those that she so skillfully takes to task on Sunday mornings. And she's an award-winning journalist -- taking home everything from a Peabody and Emmys to an Edward R. Murrow award. She is a television news icon."
The date of Crowley's departure and her future plans weren't revealed.