Erica Hill Exits NBC News for HLN

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Erica Hill

Hill had been hosting the weekend edition of NBC's 'Today' and was part of the original on-air team at HLN.

Erica Hill, the veteran morning anchor who, until recently, had been hosting the weekend edition of NBC's Today, is joining HLN. The announcement came Monday morning from CNN executive vp Ken Jautz.

The move represents a homecoming for Hill, who was part of the original on-air team following HLN's transition from Headline News in 2005. She left in 2010 for a gig at CBS News.

This time around, Hill will anchor a New York-based dayside program at HLN, set to launch in the fall. She also will have a presence on flagship CNN, where she was a regular on Anderson Cooper 360.

Hill, who joined NBC News in November 2012, was displaced at weekend Today when Willie Geist began to anchor a revamped version of the Sunday program last April. At CBS News she was among the anchors of The Early Show and was the only anchor to make the transition from Early to the CBS This Morning, which relaunched in January 2012 with Hill and Charlie Rose and Gayle King. Norah O'Donnell joined Rose and King in July 2012.

The addition of Hill to the ranks of on-air correspondents at HLN is a continuation of the network's transition that began last fall when CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker shook up the executive team in an effort to make HLN more complementary with CNN. (In May, HLN hired former NFL star Hines Ward as a contributor for Morning Express With Robin Meade.) 

“Erica was a catalyst during our evolution from Headline News to HLN, and now, as we return to our news roots, she’s the obvious addition to our first-class on-air team,” Jautz said in a statement.

Added Hill: "I'm thrilled to come home. The opportunity to reunite with Ken and the smart, talented HLN/CNN family was one I couldn’t refuse. I am so excited to be a part of this new chapter at HLN."