Pelley To Replace Couric On 'CBS Evening News' 5-03-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Pelley To Replace Couric On 'CBS Evening News' 5-03-2011

Scott Pelley, one the most experienced reporters in broadcast journalism, has been named anchor and managing editor of The CBS Evening News, it was announced Tuesday by CBS News Chairman and 60 Minutes Executive Producer Jeff Fager and David Rhodes, the President of CBS News.
Pelley is replacing Katie Couric, who is pursuing a syndicated talk show, but hasn't said where she will be working next. The date for her final CBS broadcast has not been set.
Pelley is a Texas native who has worked at CBS for two decades. He will inherit a broadcast that is in last place in the ratings behind NBC and ABC, and has been for some time.
The appointment to the broadcast, to be re-named The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, is effective on June 6. Pelley will continue to report stories for 60 Minutes.
“Scott has it all. He has the experience, the credibility and he is among the very best reporters ever to work at CBS News,” said Fager. “In more than two decades at CBS News, he has distinguished himself at every level, right up to his current role at 60 Minutes, where his work has been incomparable."
"Scott is the ideal journalist to lead this broadcast. We're very proud to have him guiding this news organization's reporting each and every evening,” said Rhodes. “He has a body of work few in the business can claim and will help us grow CBS News now and in the future."
“I am delighted to join the terrific team at The CBS Evening News,” said Pelley. “It’s a privilege to work alongside the most gifted and talented journalists in the industry.”
CBS said Pelley has covered everything from breaking national news stories to politics to wars and served as the network’s chief White House correspondent. Since he brought that experience to 60 Minutes in 2004, half of all the major awards won by the broadcast have been for stories reported by Pelley.
Pelley’s recent 60 Minutes reports include news-making and insightful segments on late-breaking stories such as the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the mass murder in Tucson that seriously wounded Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords.
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