Long-time Fox News reporter Catharine Herridge shocked fans Thursday by announcing her decision to leave the network in favor of joining famed Fox rival CBS.
The 23-year Fox veteran announced released a statement announcing her decision. “CBS News has always placed a premium on enterprise journalism and powerful investigations … I feel privileged to join a team where facts and storytelling will always matter.”
She went on to say “I have received great personal satisfaction from mentoring the next generation of reporters and producers and sharing my journalistic values — that facts matter and enterprise reporting will always win the day.”
Sources say that her exit is not tied to the recent departure of fellow former Fox star Shep Smith and that her move has been in the works for several weeks.
However, the timing of Herridge’s abrupt departure is quite remarkable, especially considering that an unnamed Fox staffer told CNN after Smith’s announcement to not be surprised if there’s an “exodus” from the network.
Fox News Media president Jay Wallace praised her contributions to Fox News over her decades at the network:
From her breaking news headlines at the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice to her reporting after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the investigation into Princess Diana’s death, she has always been at the forefront of every beat she has covered … We are grateful for Catherine’s many contributions to the network, wish her continued success.
Breitbart reports that Herridge will start at CBS with the title of Senior Investigative Reporter and begin her duties in November.
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