State of the Union, on CNN will have a new host starting next Sunday. Candy Crowley will be replacing John King starting February 7, 2010.

I, personally, really enjoyed John King and his thorough delivery of the news, his insightful sitdown interviews with Americans as he would travel across the country meeting and discussing current events.

So what do we know about Candy Crowley? Many of us watchers of CNN got to become familiar with Candy during the past presidential election when she was providing guest political commentary almost every day.

Here is her bio summarized.

Candy Crowley is CNN’s award-winning senior political correspondent based in the network’s Washington, D.C., bureau. In this position, Crowley covers a broad range of stories, including presidential, congressional and gubernatorial races and major legislative developments on Capitol Hill.

Crowley’s assignments have taken her to all 50 states and around the world. As a member of the Peabody Award-winning “Best Political Team on Television,” she played a pivotal role in CNN’s America Votes 2008 coverage, traveling to both conventions, and every debate and additional stops along the campaign trail. Crowley earned a prestigious Gracie Allen Award in 2009 for coverage of Hillary Clinton’s bid for the White House. She also was part of the network’s Emmy award-winning 2006 mid-term election coverage.

She has covered the presidential campaigns of Pat Buchanan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Howard Dean, Bob Dole, Jesse Jackson, Edward Kennedy, John Kerry, Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan and Paul Tsongas, among others. Since the presidential nomination of Jimmy Carter, she has covered all but one of the national political conventions. She was also granted an exclusive sit-down interview with President George W. Bush days before he left office.

Crowley began her broadcast journalism career in Washington, D.C., as a newsroom assistant for Metromedia radio station WASH. She has served as an anchor for Mutual Broadcasting and as a general assignment and White House correspondent for the Associated Press, where she covered most of the Reagan era before moving on to NBC-TV to become a general assignment correspondent in NBC’s Washington bureau.

In 2005, Crowley was honored with the Joan Shorenstein Barone Award for excellence in journalism for her reporting on the 2004 presidential election. In 2004, Crowley won the Gracie Allen Award in the National News Story-Series category for “War Stories” and a National Headliner and a Cine award for “Fit to Kill.” In 2003, Crowley won an Emmy for her work on CNN Presents’ “Enemy Within.” She won the 1999 DuPont-Columbia University Silver Baton Award for her coverage of the impeachment and trial of President Bill Clinton. She won the 2003 and 1998 Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting on Congress from the National Press Foundation and the 1997 Joan Shorenstein Barone Award for Excellence in Journalism for her coverage of Bob Dole’s campaign for the presidency. She received the Associated Press Broadcasters’ Award for spot news reporting for her coverage of the Reagan campaign, as well as the AP Award for in-depth coverage of the 1980 Reagan campaign. Her reporting on more than a dozen 1992 U.S. Senate campaigns was runner-up for the Joan Shorenstein Barone Award for Outstanding Journalism. Crowley also won the Columbia University’s Armstrong Award for Freedom is My Woman, a documentary on a prison cellblock takeover.