Candy Crowley

Published : Sep 4 2013 | Modified : Mar 26 2016

Candy Crowley is the chief political correspondent at CNN. She anchors the show ‘State of the Union with Candy Crowley’, which is a one hour show that includes newsmaker interviews and analyzing the major issues of the week. She is also the first women to moderate a presidential debate in two decades. She has been selected by the Presidential Debates Commission to moderate the 2012 election debate between President Obama and Governor Romney.


Crowley, born in 1948 in Michigan spent her early childhood in Missouri. Her Teen years were spent in New York and she completed her graduate studies in Illinois partly before moving to Randolph Macon Woman’s College in Virginia, where she received her Bachelor degree in English. She is divorced and has two children. Her eldest is a neurosurgeon, while her younger son is a musician. She also has two stepchildren. She is a pure vegetarian and has taken up Transcendental Meditation actively.


Crowley started her career in journalism at Washington DC, when she joined WASH, a Metromedia radio station. She served as newsroom assistant there. She also worked for a brief period with Mutual Broadcasting in the capacity of anchor and with Associated Press as the White House correspondent. She then shifted to NBC-TV as general assignment reporter in its Washington Bureau.  She started her career in CNN in the year 1987. She was the congressional correspondent at the network before becoming the chief political correspondent.


Crowley has received numerous awards and recognitions for her extensive reporting and her work as political correspondent. The awards she received include the Maharishi award in 2012, the American News Women’s Club Award in 2012, Edward R. Murrow award, Joan Shorenstein award in 2004, Gracie Allen award in 2004, Emmy award in 2003, DuPont Award in 1999, Dirksen award in 1998 and 2003, Associated Press Broadcasters’ Award, and the AP award. She also received the Armstrong Award for her documentary ‘Freedom is My Woman’.

Crowley has done reporting in all the 50 states in the US and also in several regions all over the world. She has interviewed many high profile personalities in all fields like Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Outgoing Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Republican presidential candidates Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann, and many others. She has anchored the America’s Choice 2012 election reports and played a key role in America Votes 2008 at CNN, which won the Peabody award for best coverage.

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