Rodriguez New ‘Early Show’ Co-Anchor

Dec 4, 2007  •  Post A Comment

As expected (TelevisionWeek, Nov. 28), Maggie Rodriguez has been boosted to co-anchor of “The Early Show” on CBS.
Ms. Rodriguez, who has been “Saturday Early Show” co-anchor since June, makes her switch to weekdays Jan. 7, 2008, the day ‘The Early Show” unveils its new “full national format” that no longer allows any affiliates to fill nearly half of the first hour of the third-ranked morning show.
Since moving up to the network after seven years at CBS-owned WFOR-TV in Miami, Ms. Rodriguez has reported for nearly every CBS News program and has substituted as anchor of the weekend “Evening News.”
“In the past six months, Maggie has proved to be a remarkably good fit in morning news,” CBS News and Sports President Sean McManus said in the announcement. “Her tenacity as a journalist and her authenticity and warmth will serve Maggie and CBS News very well. As we look to the future—including our switch to a full national format on Jan. 7—I’m pleased that she, Harry, Julie, Russ and Dave will be in charge of the ‘morning shift’ at CBS News.”
The specific reference to co-anchors Harry Smith and Julie Chen, news anchor Russ Mitchell and weather anchor Dave Price is interpreted as a signal that no more key talent is expected to be jettisoned. It was announced last week that Hannah Storm, a veteran sportscaster before joining the morning show, would be leaving her position as co-anchor and would be talking over options with Mr. McManus.
“Maggie is a terrific addition to ‘The Early Show’ with so much experience in live anchoring,” “Early Show” senior executive producer Shelley Ross said. “In the time she’s been working with our ‘Early Show’ team, we’ve come to both respect her as a journalist and really enjoy her as a colleague.”
“This is my dream job,” Ms. Rodriguez said. “I get to utilize the journalistic skills I’ve developed over the past 15 years and have fun at the same time with feature segments. To do that with a group of people I like and respect as much as ‘The Early Show’ team, who’ve made me feel welcome from day one, is wonderful.”
Ms. Rodriguez is a winner of seven Emmys and two Edward R. Murrow Awards.
At WFOR, she anchored the 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts, and reported on a number of major news events. She anchored the midday news at KABC-TV in Los Angeles from 1994 to 2000, when she returned to Miami, where she was an associate producer, field producer and assignment editor at Univision-owned WLTV-TV.

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