Brooke Baldwin: “Raising the curtain on CNN’s male-dominated staff and how she had to fight for women’s stories”

From a story by Gabrielle Fonrouge headlined “Anchor Brooke Baldwin claims CNN’s leadership too male-dominated”:

With little over a week left on the job, outgoing CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin is raising the curtain on the network’s male-dominated executive staff and how she had to “fight for women’s stories.”

“The most influential anchors on our network, the highest-paid, are men. My bosses, my executives, are men. The person who oversees CNN Dayside is a man, and my executive producer for 10 years is a man. So I’ve been surrounded by a lot of men,” Baldwin, 41, said. “I was surrounded by a lot of dudes,” she said….

In 2018, The Wrap conducted an analysis on weekday programming on various networks and discovered CNN didn’t have as many female anchors as competitors like MSNBC and Fox News….

When the Peabody Award finalist was asked how the male-dominated executive team impacted her ability to tell important stories about women, she said she was “told no a lot.”

“I know I, personally, fight for women’s stories,” Baldwin replied, adding she has a poster from her CNN series “American Women” hanging in her office as a reminder she was able to finish the project.

“I got told no a lot and I still managed to do it.”

In February, Baldwin announced she’d be stepping down from her perch after 13 years with the network without another job lined up. She’s spoken to various outlets about how the work she did for her book “Huddle,” which focuses on the power women have when they come together as a collective, inspired her to leave her comfort zone and pursue new challenges.

The announcement also came a few months after the network took her off the air and replaced her with political anchor Jake Tapper for the month leading up to the 2020 election. At the time, she made comments on Instagram that seemed to indicate she was being forced to give up her time slot for a man.

“As the election gears up, the political maestro @jaketapper will hold down my hour and his for the coming weeks. Wish I was with you, but I’ll see ya on [TV] on the flip side of the election,” Baldwin wrote.

When a fan asked “Why are you taking so many weeks off at such an important time?” Baldwin replied: “Not my choice.”

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