CNN’s Brooke Baldwin says Trump’s inauguration, Women’s March modified her life: ‘It altered me’

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CNN’s Brooke Baldwin would “love to see a woman” run community after community president Jeff Zucker steps down. (Photo: Getty Images for CNN)

Departing CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin says former president Donald Trump‘s win in 2016 “altered the course” of her life. 

This week, Baldwin launched her first guide Huddle: How Women Unlock Their Collective Power, simply days earlier than she’s going to host CNN Newsroom for the final time. The journalist tells Yahoo Entertainment masking Trump’s inauguration adopted by the Women’s March in 2017 left her feeling like she wanted to do extra.

“I literally got assigned to be embedded in the Trump motorcade on Inauguration Day. And so it was this wild, emotional whiplash of 48 hours where I’m in the middle of this whole Trump inauguration. And as a woman, you know, we all saw where he liked to grab women,” Baldwin says, referencing Trump’s notorious Access Hollywood tape.  

“As a woman covering him, I stood there on the back of the flatbed truck troubled. And then the very next day I am in the middle of the Women’s March and surrounded by half a million women,” she continues. “I covered it as a journalist and it was magical watching all of these prominent women pass me by.”

People gather for the Women's March on Jan. 21, 2017.

People collect for the Women’s March on Jan. 21, 2017. (Photo: Reuters)

Baldwin examines “huddling” in her new guide, which is when girls lean on each other — whether or not it is in in politics, sports activities or on a regular basis friendships — to supply one another help, inspiration or enact significant change. For the the Peabody-nominated journalist, these two back-to-back days 4 years in the past set her on a brand new path.

“It altered me,” she explains. “I had all of this in me brewing, I think, just in who I am and where my priorities are and where my passions lie. But those two days, little did I know, really kind of altered the course of what would become my future.”

When Baldwin returned, she pitched an thought — “to my all male CNN executives” — that may finally develop into the digital sequence American Woman. While she would have preferred to spend extra time highlighting empowering feminine tales across the nation, it wasn’t attainable.

“The Trump White House machine was just starting to get going. Even though I hosted two hours [on CNN], I had to cover the news,” she explains. “Once I started interviewing these women, it just all clicked. So while I was doing my day job and covering the politics of America, on the side and in my free time, I was running around the country, interviewing women. And that was almost the precursor then to this book.”

About these all male executives in what’s usually been a male dominated trade. Baldwin says she’s seen development at CNN, her home community of greater than a decade, however believes “we still have major strides to go.”

“Somebody asked me about this the other day, they were like, if you were only sort of starting at CNN around this time, how would you feel about it all? And it is different,” she explains. “When I came to CNN — I started in 2008 as a freelancer — it is different now. I mean, I look at recent hires. They have a lot more women anchoring and women being allowed to be in executive producer roles, but we still have major strides to go.”

Baldwin sees a gap as CNN President Jeff Zucker beforehand mentioned he’ll go away the cable information community on the finish of 2021. 

“The truth is, back in November and December, I had basically decided that it was time to move on now,” Zucker advised staff on a name in February. “But since then, I’ve had a change of heart. And I want to stay. Not forever, but for another year.”

“I want to see a woman — you know, if my boss says he leaving — I’d love to see a woman run this network,” Baldwin states. “I would like to see more women in those major, major roles. You know, those are the people who shape how we cover, what we cover, who we interview, who we hire — it all filters down from the top. That’s what I want to see more of.”

As for what’s subsequent for her, Baldwin believes Huddle is simply the beginning of her subsequent chapter.

“It’s going to be hard to walk away. I have to walk away,” she explains of her resolution to go away CNN. “And the main reason is — listen, it’s been a total privilege… but I, in spending all this time with all these trailblazing women and these huddles, I cannot hold space with them and not be the bravest version of myself.” 

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