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Erickson announces CNN departure

Moves to new home at Fox News.

Popular CNN commentator Erick Erickson, editor-in-chief of, confirmed he has left CNN and will announce shortly affiliation with another network, Fox News.

Erickson is well known on Capitol Hill and beyond for his sharp and insightful observations about public policy and political life. He has been a conservative contributor to CNN for three years. His RedState Morning Briefing newsletter is sent every workday to 250,000 subscribers. His Red State Gathering conference last year drew upwards of 500 politically active attendees from all over the United States to Jacksonville, Fla. Speakers included Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and many others. RedState is owned by Eagle Publishing, which also owns Human Events.

Erickson says on RedState, 12:18 p.m.:

I was not going to say anything, but rather just fade away. I suppose though with rumors and reports I should say something.

My voicemail and inbox are, as I type, filling up. I have turned my phone off as the only way to get it to stop ringing.

Yes, I can confirm I am leaving CNN. It was a very, very difficult decision.

When I told my 7 year old I had decided to leave, she laid on the sofa for an hour crying that she‚??d never see Anderson Cooper again. She‚??s never actually met Anderson Cooper. But I have and I‚??ll miss him and his team and I‚??ll miss Wolf and his team, and all the other terrific people I‚??ve worked with these last three years. I deeply regret never working up the courage to pull on Wolf‚??s beard.

For three years I have been a conservative political contributor at the network I grew up watching from Dubai and then home in Louisiana. I grew up wanting to be a Bernard Shaw or a Robert Novak and wound up working for CNN.

Erickson discusses the move at length on RedState — click here to read it.

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Cathy Taylor joined Human Events in December 2011 from The Orange County Register in California, where she was Opinion Editor and a member of the Senior Leadership Team and the Executive Team. Taylor worked for The Register for more than 25 years in various news and opinion positions and led a number of cross-functional initiatives. She was named Opinion Editor in November 1996. She graduated with honors from the University of Southern California, where she was editor of the student newspaper, The Daily Trojan. Cathy later attended the MBA and Executive MBA programs at the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. Taylor has received a number of awards, including the Gerald F. Loeb award for business writing, recognition from the California Newspaper Publishers Association for the Register Opinion pages and The Register‚??s highest company honor, the R.C. Hoiles award. Cathy‚??s email is CTaylor@EaglePub.Com