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It’s Official: Erin Burnett Joins CNN

Erin Burnett
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The CNBC anchor will lead a weekday general news program starting in June.

CNBC anchor Erin Burnett is jumping to CNN.

After making a name for herself in the world of financial news, the well-respected journalist is looking to broaden her image and offerings as an anchor and chief business and economics correspondent at CNN Worldwide.

Beginning in June, Burnett will anchor a weekday general news program as well as contribute to CNN’s coverage of national and international breaking news events.

“Erin is the kind of all-star player that knows how to connect-the-dots and translate events into relevant information for viewers,” CNN Worldwide president Jim Walton said in a statement.

The move, which was first reported by the New York Times, comes after Burnett spent more than half a decade at the business-minded cable network. Most recently, she served as co-anchor of CNBC morning show Squawk on the Street and anchor of afternoon's Street Signs.

“The experience I gained at CNBC and NBC News will be invaluable as I expand my focus,” added Burnett. “I began my journalism career at CNN, so this is like coming home for me."

At one point, she was said to have been a potential successor to Meredith Vieira, who is expected to depart NBC's Today in June. (Ann Curry is set to take that spot instead.) But a source familiar with the situation said that NBC higher-ups were not convinced she was a good fit for morning television after a series of fill in assignments on Today.

At CNN, her hiring is part of a larger effort to turn around the sagging ratings at the news outlet. One insider suggested there would be more big name hires in coming months.