Storm to Exit ‘Early Show,’ Take As-Yet Undefined Role at CBS

Nov 28, 2007  •  Post A Comment

Hannah Storm is leaving “The Early Show” and talking with CBS News and Sports President Sean McManus about what her new role will be.
Network sources said a McManus favorite, weekend “Early Show” co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez, is going to have a bigger role on the weekday “Early” edition.
But the announcement about the Storm change, to take place on a date still to be determined, made no mention of Ms. Rodriguez or “Early” co-anchors Julie Chen and Harry Smith.
“The Early Show” has, like its many forebears over the decades, finished a distant third place to front-running “Today” on NBC and the increasingly competitive second-place “Good Morning America” on ABC.
Mr. McManus hired former “GMA” executive producer Shelley Ross as “Early” senior executive producer last summer and has reclaimed for the network, effective Jan. 7, the significant chunks of time in “Early’s” first hour that some CBS affiliates were allowed to fill with local news.
“I have loved every minute of my five years at ‘The Early Show,’ teaming up from the start with some of the best in the business,” Ms. Storm, a former sportscaster, said in the announcement. “I am proud of my work at CBS News. We are in discussions regarding future opportunities across CBS.”
“Hannah has done excellent work for ‘The Early Show’ and has been a primary reason that the broadcast has stabilized and is so well positioned for the future,” Mr. McManus said. “She has extraordinary versatility, not only in the varied assignments she has handled for ‘The Early Show,’ but also in so smoothly transitioning from sports to network morning news. I’m pleased that we are exploring opportunities to utilize her skills and talents in areas beyond mornings.”
“Hannah is a rare talent with an extraordinary range and skill set,” said Ms. Ross. “For my part, I hope Hannah and I continue to work and innovate together as we relaunch the many movable parts of the morning.”
2:15 p.m.: Added fourth and fifth paragraphs


  1. Good luck to Hannah…But here comes Maggie Rodriguez! Since the day they brought her up as the Miami affiliate co-host on a Saturday morning, they knew they had a star. Maggie has such a great on-air presence. But we can tell you, that in person….she’s as sweet and humble as a person can be!
    We love you Maggie! You deserve everything good that happens to you!
    Terry and Staci Coffey
    WKIS Miami

  2. Storm is the reason why I would choose The Early Show over the competition. I suspect the same person who made this decision was the same one that thought Katie Couric would be a gangbuster news anchor.

  3. i just want to say in my humble opinion that maggie is a natural. she presents her reports in a very down to earth way which can be understood. i really enjoy the show which is in great part do to her reporting ,thank you very much and sign me up for her fan club.

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