Dear friends and colleagues,
It's never easy to say good bye to a company like CNN; let alone when you have been working here for 20 years.
Nevertheless, I have decided to accept an offer to continue hosting a leading news and current affairs show on Italian Television. The decision was made all the more arduous by the fact that I'm leaving behind an amazing group of people with whom I have shared innumerable assignments around the world.
After such a long time at CNN, there are countless people to whom I will always be immensely grateful - at a professional and personal level. I can't possibly mention them all here.
But there are a few who I'd like to thank: Eli Flournoy and Kim Norgaard, the two guys with whom I started off back in 1990, when my accent was so thick I never dreamed I'd ever be allowed on-air!
Parisa Khosravi - who has believed in me from the very beginning and Tony Maddox who has always been understanding and supportive.
Finally, Hada and Alessandro with whom I shared my last few years.
The good thing about my new job is that I will always be based in Rome, with virtually no travel involved. That means, anytime any of you wish to come and visit I will always be here.
The best way to reach me is at:
[email address redacted]
Thank you all, once again, and please do stay in touch.
Ciao from Rome,
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