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Mitchell Expands Duties to Include ‘Early Show’ Anchor

Dec 7, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Russ Mitchell will join “The Early Show” on CBS as news anchor, a role the well-populated morning show has not had in recent years. The assignment, which starts Jan. 2, will make Mr. Mitchell the hardest-working anchor at CBS—and only four weeks into his marriage to Karina Mahtani, who freelances entertainment reports to CBS.

In addition to the new weekday role, which will allow him to file reports and fill in when co-hosts are absent, Mr. Mitchell will continue to anchor the Sunday night “CBS Evening News With Russ Mitchell,” will remain one of the rotating anchors for the Saturday “Evening News” and continue as a correspondent for “CBS Sunday Morning.”

“Russ has handled every one of his CBS News assignments with professionalism, skill and dedication,” CBS News and Sports President Sean McManus said in the announcement Thursday. “This move will establish a permanent hard-news presence on ‘The Early Show’ and allow us to further define the roles of our anchors.”

Mr. Mitchell joined CBS News in 1992 as an anchor of the overnight “Up to the Minute” broadcast.