Judy Woodruff to Leave CNN in June

Veteran journalist Judy Woodruff (search), the anchor of CNN's "Inside Politics," is leaving the cable news network when her contract expires in June.

Woodruff, 58, said Thursday that she hoped to teach, write and work on long-form documentaries. She'll also be a consultant and occasional contributor to CNN.

"This gives me the opportunity to sit back, take a deep breath and think about what I want to do," Woodruff told The Associated Press. "I do want to stay in journalism. I'm not leaving journalism. I'm just leaving daily journalism."

CNN offered Woodruff a new contract, but she had decided to leave before those discussions began.

Woodruff was chief White House correspondent for NBC News from 1977 to 1982, and covered Washington for the "Today" (search) show. She left NBC for the PBS documentary series "Frontline with Judy Woodruff" (search) and reported for the "MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour."

She joined CNN in 1993, and was a frequent anchor for breaking stories such as the 1996 Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

There was no immediate word from CNN on whether "Inside Politics" (search), an hourlong program that airs each weekday at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time, would continue without her.

New CNN chief executive Jonathan Klein has talked about changing the way the network covers politics, and recently canceled "Crossfire" as a daily program.