Longtime NBC Correspondent Lisa Myers is leaving net after 33 years,
Washington bureau chief Ken Strickland announced in a memo to staff on Thursday.
“I have had more than 30 fascinating years at NBC News, learning from and working alongside the best of the best, including journalists who paved the way for many of us: Tom Brokaw and Tim Russert," Myers wrote in a statement. "I will greatly miss my many talented friends throughout the network, to whom I owe much, and who represent the best of journalism. I greatly appreciate the company granting my request to change gears and pursue new horizons.”
Myers formerly served as NBC News chief congressional correspondent and covered nine presidential campaigns. In 1998, she was named one of Vanity Fair's 20 most influental women in America; in 2000, she broke the news that George W. Bush had selected Dick Cheney as his running mate. Myers joined NBC News from The Washington Star in 1981.
In his memo, Strickland called Myers "one of the most respected investigative journalists in the industry."
"Her groundbreaking reporting on issues related to Obamacare, the military, government waste, corporate wrongdoing and political scandals have helped to hold authorities accountable. And by doing so, Lisa has helped give a voice to those who need it: from U.S. soldiers, to victims of Hurricane Katrina and 9/11, concerned voters across the country, and more," Strickland wrote.
"Lisa's tenacity, integrity and commitment to journalism have helped the DC bureau continue to be a place for excellence," he wrote.
Myers tells Politico she plans to spend the next six months "working on my golf game and giving a few speeches" before figuring out the "next challenge."