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She left to work as an assignment editor and field reporter at the fledgling Cable News Network, where she covered the 1984 Presidential election, but she was released after a CNN executive was annoyed by her "squeaky voice".
She then worked at local affiliates in Miami and Washington DC, and won a local Emmy for a report she filed on a dating service for handicapped singles.
Meanwhile, producers at Today, the network's morning show, had dealt with Jane Pauley's stubborn insistence on aging by replacing her with younger and prettier Deborah Norville, but audiences found Norville icy and the producers were looking for a replacement by the time Norville took maternity leave in 1991.
She held the Cronkite chair for five years, leaving in 2011 amid dismal ratings, and was succeeded by Scott Pelley.