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Former CNN Anchor Loses Discrimination Lawsuit Against the Network

ATLANTA (AP) _ A former CNN anchor -- who claimed the news
network discriminated against her because she was older and white
-- has lost her federal law suit.

A U.S. District Court jury deliberated for five hours before
deciding in favor of CNN, which claims that Marina Kolbe's contract
was not renewed because of her average performance and failure to
improve. Kolbe worked in Atlanta for CNN's International division
from 1999 to 2003.

The network terminated the then 42-year-old's contract and
refused to hire her to work for domestic CNN or to freelance. She
was replaced with Daljit Dhaliwal -- a South Asian anchor.

The lead attorney for CNN, Charlie Hawkins, could not be reached
for comment Friday.

Kolbe's attorney -- Edward Buckley -- says his client has not
had permanent employment since leaving the network.

The case took four years to reach U.S. District Court Judge
Clarence Cooper's courtroom, where the trial lasted three weeks.
The jury's verdict came down on Wednesday.


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