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Sunday marks 15 years at HLN for Meade. She joined Sept. 11, 2001. Meade also holds the distinction of being the longest-serving female morning show host on national TV. A steady presence at a network that is undergoing a sea change. Dr. Drew Pinsky and Nancy Grace, who hosted the 7 and 8 p.m. hours respectively, are leaving the network. CNN Legal View host Ashleigh Banfield will take Grace’s 8 p.m. spot effective October 17. NBC News’ Erica Hill is returning to HLN this fall to host a dayside program, and Michaela Pereira, formerly of CNN’s New Day, debuted her new HLN morning show MichaeLA on July 11th.
“I love the direction of the network right now,” said Meade. “Everything that is going on seems natural and normal. I love that [HLN chief] Ken [Jautz] is preaching a return to hard news roots, and I like that we will be more closely aligned with CNN and will be able to use their power in terms of news generation and the reach that they have. That said, we have consistently been a news program, and our format won’t change. We will continue to bring the depth and the coverage that our viewers are accustomed to, and of course it will continue to be fast-paced.”Meade’s favorite moment over her 15 years on Morning Express? Aside from noting long-running working relationships with meteorologist Bob Van Dillen and Westhoven, it’s jumping out of a plane with a certain former president.
“I jumped out of a plane with President George H.W. Bush when he turned 85,”