Many people here may have forgot that O'Brien spent three years in the early 90's at KRON. She was popular, smart and a good reporter, but nothing out of the ordinary. Few people in the biz could predict that she would eventually work her way into one of the more prominent news personality's on both network and cable TV news outlets.
Of course it doesn't hurt that O'Brien, (and conversely, Burnett too), has the added benefit of having movie star looks. But in a business that is about as results-driven as the fiercely-competitive cable battles are in the morning, O'Brien hasn't driven enough viewers over to CNN.
The good news: Bet that O'Brien will be picked up by another outlet, perhaps even a network looking for a name personality. O'Brien, with solid news credentials and certified cachet in the biz will land on her feet.
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