Political Correspondent Greenfield Moves to CBS

Apr 2, 2007  •  Post A Comment

CBS News has beefed up its political bench strength by convincing three-time Emmy winner Jeff Greenfield to come home as senior political correspondent.

He will contribute to the “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric,” “The Early Show,” CBSNews.com, and “CBS Sunday Morning,” where he started as a media critic 24 years ago.

His new assignment, which begins May 1, also reunites him with two executives with whom he worked at ABC News from 1983 to 1997: “Evening News” executive producer Rick Kaplan and Paul Friedman, the VP to whom Mr. Kaplan reports.

Mr. Greenfield has worked at CNN since 1998, which included Mr. Kaplan’s stint as president of CNN.

Mr. Greenfield said he values his CNN experience – complete with what he acknowledges is its “feed the beast” ethos that essentially renders correspondents as their own editors.

However, he’s looking forward the occasional “frank exchange of views” with Mr. Friedman and Mr. Kaplan, who have always been known for speaking frankly.

“You enjoy the stimulations,” he said.

As a regular contributor to CNN’s “The Situation Room,” which is seen 4-6 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. on the East Coast and three hours earlier on the West Coast, he said there’s something else to which he’s looking forward: filing reports that can be seen by his Hollywood pals during the dinner hour.

“Jeff’s writing, reporting and analytical skills are second to none” CBS News and Sports President Sean McManus said in Monday’s announcement. “As we gear up for the 2008 elections, he will add even more depth and expertise to CBS News’ political coverage. Jeff will also add his unique perspective to coverage of culture, lifestyle and trends.”

(Editor: Romanelli)