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Parker steps away from TV

Posted: March 1, 2011 4:33 p.m.
Updated: March 2, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Kathleen Parker has left the CNN program “Parker Spitzer,” a nightly political talk show that debuted just five months ago.

After a month of rumors, her decision was reported in various news outlets Monday.

A syndicated newspaper columnist, Parker is married to Midlands attorney and Camden resident Woody Cleveland and spends some time here herself, though “not as much time as I would like,” she said.

In an e-mail exchange, Parker said TV was a “fabulous experience,” and that she has “zero regrets.”

“I always gauge success by an affirmative answer to the question, ‘did you learn anything?’” Parker said. “I learned an enormous amount in a relatively short time. Television can’t be compared to anything else in my experience. It’s exciting, demanding and not nearly as easy as it looks.”

Comparing being on screen with writing, Parker said “writing allows more time to think and process, but television brings an immediacy that I dare say is addictive.”

“Will I return to TV?” Parker posed. “The night is young.”

Parker said she has “multiple projects in the works,” but didn’t give specific details.

“I am staying in New York but will spend more time in Washington … I do plan to write more, including eventually increasing my column to twice weekly (again),” she said.

Parker was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in the spring of 2010 for her political commentary with the Washington Post Writers Group. Her column appears in more than 400 newspapers across the country, including the Chronicle-Independent.

She was selected “for her perceptive, often witty columns on an array of political and moral issues, gracefully sharing the experiences and values that lead her to unpredictable conclusions,” states Pulitzer.org.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Parker’s co-host, Eliot Spitzer, will remain in the 8 p.m. slot as the host of a new show called “In the Arena.”

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