Why is Matthew Dowd leaving ABC News? Political analyst leaves network after 13 years

Eve Edwards January 31, 2021
Why is Matthew Dowd leaving ABC News? Political analyst leaves network after 13 years
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ABC News’ chief political analyst Matthew Dowd is leaving after 13 years of working with the network.

Matthew “Matt” Dowd, 59, is a political pundit and consultant from Detroit, Michigan. Dowd is well-known for his work as the chief strategist for the Bush-Cheney 2004 presidential campaign and later as an analyst on ABC News.

In December 2007 Matthew Dowd joined the ABC team as a political contributor for Good Morning America. Other ABC shows Dowd worked on include This Week with George Stephanopoulos.

But why is Matthew Dowd now leaving ABC?

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Matthew Dowd announces he is leaving ABC

On 14 January 2021, Matthew Dowd surprised his 200,000 Twitter followers with the announcement he was leaving ABC News.

Matthew Dowd wrote: “I have decided to end my relationship with ABC News effective January 31. I am going to miss some very good friends there. I am also excited in opening up my head, heart and soul to new ways to serve truth, justice, and democracy. If you all have any good ideas, let me know.”

ABC News’ Chief Washington Correspondent Jonathan Karl responded to Dowd’s announcement: “It’s been an honor to work with you, my friend. I know you’re next chapter will be a great one.”

Matthew Dowd’s last day with ABC News

Matthew Dowd’s last day with ABC News was on 31 January 2021. He appeared on Good Morning America with Dan Harris.

ABC viewers flocked to Twitter to praise Matthew Dowd’s work on the network and bid him farewell.

One fan tweeted: “So sad to see you go. You’ve always been the honest opinion I’ve truly appreciated. Praying you are well, and blessings in your new adventures. You will be missed.”

Another added: “This is a bittersweet day for those of us who appreciate you calm insightful perspective and voice of reason on ABC. Excited though for you to see your next focus. Stay true my friend!”

Where is Matthew Dowd going?

It is unconfirmed as of yet whether Matthew Dowd is moving to a different network, or leaving TV behind for good.

Matthew did retweet a fan who said: “See you on the [TV emoji].” This indicates he may not be completely gone from our screens.

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