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From AJR,   July/August 2001

Mentor in Motion   

CNN's Evans leaves after 21 years.

By Unknown

GAIL EVANS, who rose through the ranks to become one of the most powerful women at CNN, moves on after 21 years at the network. "It just looked like this was a time to switch where I was going," says Evans, 59, who was named executive vice president of domestic networks for the CNN News Group last September. She plans to write a sequel to her best-selling book, "Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman," whose success since its publication last year has brought speaking invitations from around the world. Evans, known as mentor to a long list of women in television, says she realized she "can actually be more powerful publicly mentoring women than...I can doing what I've done here for 20 years." Personal events also played a part in her decision: Her partner, Alvin Goldstein, is recovering from a stroke, and she now has four young grandchildren. "It's hard to imagine anything that will eclipse being at the birth of CNN," Evans says, although "talking to women who tell you that their lives were changed by what you wrote, that's unbelievable. Playing with your grandchildren is unbelievable, too."