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Alisyn Camerota, an anchor who worked at Fox News for 16 years before announcing her departure in March, has caught on with CNN. According to a CNN release, Camerota will serve as an anchor at the network.

Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide, issued this canned comment: “She is not only a seasoned journalist with a great curiosity and passion for the news, but she has a presence on camera that I think is very hard to find. I can’t wait to have her on the air at CNN.”

Over her time at Fox News, Camerota distinguished herself as a utility player, though she failed to establish herself as a force among Fox News personalities. She served as one of the co-anchors of “Fox & Friends Weekend,” a weekend morning show. Like any cable-news weekend morning show, it’s a backwater for an ambitious anchor (and all anchors are ambitious). When not pulling weekend duty, Camerota served as a fill-in, for the weekday “Fox & Friends” and for other dayside Fox News programming. When Gretchen Carlson left her prime spot on the weekday “Fox & Friends” cast, Fox News did not choose Camerota to replace her, instead going with the more explosive Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

Upon her departure, Camerota was co-anchoring the 1 p.m. weekday news slot along with Bill Hemmer. To commemorate her time at Fox News, Executive Vice President of Programming Bill Shine said, “From her days reporting, to hosting Fox & Friends and anchoring afternoon programs, she has done it all with enthusiasm and professionalism. We appreciate her contributions to the network and hope for all the best as she embarks on the next chapter of her life.”

If Camerota was a bit un-tethered at Fox News, it appears she’ll start her time at CNN the same way. From the network’s release: “Camerota will contribute to all programs across CNN. A permanent role will be announced in the coming months.”

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.