After 13 years as an anchor and correspondent for CNN, Isha Sesay has announced that she is leaving the media organisation.
The British-born Sierra Leonean announced her departure from CNN via Twitter, giving her reasons for doing so in an interview with What We See magazine.
It's really happening, folks!! After more than a decade behind the desk with those three red letters… I HAVE LEFT CNN. https://t.co/DzSQ3P9p2u
— Isha Sesay (@IamIshaSesay) August 1, 2018
Citing the western media’s “obsession with Trump,” the journalist said she would rather spend her time on things that are important. “It’s all so Trump-focused. He sucked all of the oxygen out of the room. The media is following that lead to the exclusion of almost everything else, in a meaningful way. For me, personally, it’s not what I want to spend all my time doing,” she said.
Sesay said she is ready to put her energy into things she “has a control of,” including spending more time with the girls of W.E. Can Lead, a nonprofit she set up in Sierra Leone to tackle teenage pregnancy, lack of education, and early marriage. “After a while, I want to do more coverage of the Ebola outbreak, of the elections in Liberia, or any number of things that are happening. I’m ready to take control of what I’m talking about,” she said.