Zoraida Sambolin: CNN 'Early Start' Anchor Bids Teary Farewell

Image: Zoraida Sambolin: CNN 'Early Start' Anchor Bids Teary Farewell Zoraida Sambolin, left and co-anchor John Berman of CNN's "Early Start."

Friday, 13 Dec 2013 06:52 PM

By Robin Farmer

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In a touching farewell, a teary Zoraida Sambolin said goodbye to fans and her CNN colleagues during her last “Early Start” episode with co-anchor John Berman on Friday morning.

"I thought about this long and hard ... you all know this was a very difficult decision for me," she said on air. "I did it primarily for my kids. They're going to be very happy in Chicago and this has taught me a lot."

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A morning fixture since 2011, Sambolin, who successfully battled breast cancer this year, signed off to return to Chicago, her family, and fiance, she said.

She wept after viewing a touching video Berman put together of her numerous contributions to the show.

“I’m going to miss CNN,” she said after thanking Berman, who gave her a charm bracelet. “This is a great place led by an incredible man, who has just been remarkable to me — Jeff Zucker, which I have to mention, 'cause when I got diagnosed with cancer, I want everybody to know, this man walked into my office and basically came with a silver platter and said, ‘However I can help you, whatever I can do, I will.’”

Berman tweeted the closing quote in his goodbye video.

Sambolin posted on Facebook a thanks to her fans and viewers.


If the responses are any indication, they'll miss her too.

"Thank you for brightening up our day with your always sunny personality and warm greetings...You have a real talent for making people feel special...Since you've been on TV, my kids now watch the news and we discuss it together. Thank you for the positive energy every morning," wrote one commenter on Facebook.

"Good luck to you. There are few things more obvious than that you are simply a VERY good person. You will be missed," wrote another.

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