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Top Fox News analyst makes move to CNN; do stars have an out because Ailes left?

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A leading Fox News political analysts has bolted to join CNN.

The network announced Monday morning that Kirsten Powers has been hired away from the top-ranked cable news network and said the move will take effect right away, according to Adweek.

“Kirsten Powers will join CNN as a political analyst effective immediately, CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker announced today,” CNN said in a statement. “In addition to her role as a CNN contributor, Powers will continue to provide her political expertise as a USA Today contributor.

CNN Money’s Brian Stetler commented on the timing behind the move:

The timing of her move is newsworthy because it comes one month after the founding CEO of Fox News, Roger Ailes, resigned under pressure amid a sexual harassment scandal.

There has been press speculation about a potential “talent exodus” from Fox in the wake of Ailes’ resignation. Some of Fox’s biggest stars have clauses in their contracts that allow them to leave because Ailes left.

 

Powers, who The Washington Post called “an antiabortion, antiwar evangelical liberal,” joins former Fox News personalities Alisyn Camerota, Bob Beckel and Mary Katharine Ham, who all moved to CNN within the past 18 months.

CNN’s full statement can be seen here:

Kirsten Powers will join CNN as a political analyst effective immediately, CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker announced today. In addition to her role as a CNN contributor, Powers will continue to provide her political expertise as a USA Today contributor.

Most recently, Powers served as a political analyst for Fox News and provided commentary across the network’s daytime and primetime programming and was a member of the Fox News’ election team covering election nights, presidential debates and other special programming.

Prior to her career in journalism, Powers held various communication roles during her time at the New York State Democratic Committee, and has consulted for non-profit organizations, including Human Rights First and the National Council for Research on Women. Powers was also Vice President for International Communications at America Online, Inc. Powers began her career as a staff assistant at the office of President-Elect Bill Clinton and later was a political appointee in the Clinton Administration where she served as Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Public Affairs.

In addition to USA Today, Powers’ writing has also been published in The Wall Street Journal, the Dallas Morning News, the New York Observer, Salon.com, the New York Post, Elle magazine and American Prospect online.

Tom Tillison

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