Photo: Zoraida Sambolin and Soledad O'Brien soon-to-be the faces of CNN morning shows
CNN is looking to change things up a bit and is doing so by revamping its morning programming. The news network will be moving Soledad O’Brien to take over the 7-9 a.m. show, while bringing in fellow Latina, Zoraida Sambolin, and Ashleigh Banfield.
Thursday, CNN announced it would be launching a new format of news and conversation in the morning. O’Brien, an award-winning journalist, will take the helm of the 7 to 9 a.m. ET show, with Sambolin and Banfield anchoring from 5 to 7 a.m. ET show.
Sambolin, a local Chicago newscaster, said she is excited to be moving up to a national news network with Banfield, saying, “I am completely thrilled to be coming to CNN. Ashleigh is an accomplished journalist with an incredible wit and dynamic personality. I look forward to collaborating with her and working together.”
During her time with NBC 5 News in Chicago, Sambolin became a leader in the city’s large Latino community, and now that she will have a national audience she said she hopes to “inform, enlighten and build a strong relationship with…viewers.”
O’Brien’s 7-9 show will replace the currently poorly-rated “American Morning”, which she co-hosted from 2003-2007.
When asked how the show will be different when it begins in 2012, O’Brien said she wants her show to be “smarter.”
And just as Sambolin is moving from NBC, he co-host Banfield will be moving to CNN from MSNBC.