Candy Crowley

Fall 2015

Candy Crowley is an award-winning journalist and one of the smartest and most astute observers of politics of our time. She served as CNN’s chief political correspondent and the host of its Sunday morning talk show State of the Union with Candy Crowley, a political hour of interviews and analysis of the week’s most important issues. She covered presidential, congressional, and gubernatorial elections and major legislative developments on Capitol Hill for more than two decades, and the Los Angeles Times called her “no-nonsense” and a “straight shooter,” characterizing her career as “sophisticated political observation, graceful writing, and determined fairness.”

In 2012, Crowley became the first woman to moderate a presidential debate in two decades. She was selected by the Commission on Presidential Debates to moderate the 2012 general election debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney. Additionally, Crowley co-anchored key primary and caucus nights throughout America’s Choice 2012 election coverage.

Crowley has interviewed the top political newsmakers including: Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President George W. Bush together with his brother, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush; and former Vice President Dick Cheney with his daughter Liz Cheney.

Crowley began her broadcast journalism career in Washington, D.C., as a newsroom assistant for Metromedia radio station WASH-FM. She served as an anchor for Mutual Broadcasting System radio network, as well as a general assignment and White House correspondent for the Associated Press, where she covered part of the Reagan era before moving on to NBC-TV to become a general assignment correspondent in NBC’s Washington bureau.

She has covered the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, among others. Since the presidential nomination of Jimmy Carter, she has covered all but one of the national political conventions. She was also granted an exclusive sit-down interview with President George W. Bush just days before he left office.

She played a pivotal role in CNN’s America Votes 2008 Peabody Award-winning coverage, traveling to the Democratic and Republican conventions and debates along the campaign trail. In 2009, she earned a prestigious Gracie Allen Award for her coverage of Hillary Clinton’s bid for the White House. She also was part of the network’s Emmy® Award-winning 2006 midterm election coverage.

Crowley’s assignments have taken her to all 50 states and around the world. Among her most vivid memories as a reporter, Crowley counts the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast, the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks, the impeachment trial of President Clinton, Election Night 2000, ceremonies marking the 40th anniversary of D-Day on the beaches of Normandy, Ronald Reagan’s trips to China, Bitburg and Bergen-Belsen, the United States 1986 bombing of Libya and the terrorist bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut.

Crowley has been recognized and honored with many awards throughout her career. In 2013, she received the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award from the Radio Television Digital News Foundation. In 2012, Crowley delivered the commencement address at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, where she was presented with the Maharishi Award. Later that year, she was also honored with the American News Women’s Club Award for Excellence in Journalism. In 2005, Crowley was honored with the Edward R. Murrow award and the Joan Shorenstein Barone Award for excellence in journalism for her reporting on the 2004 presidential election. Crowley won the “National News Story-Series” Gracie Allen Award in 2004 for War Stories and a National Headliner and a Cine award for CNN Presents: Fit to Kill.

Crowley earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Read her study group outline Politics, Policy and Journalism: The Nexus of Dysfunction.

Disclaimer: This information is accurate for the time period that this person was affiliated with the Institute of Politics.