CBS News Announces New Anchor Team for Flagship Broadcasts

May 6, 2019  •  Post A Comment

Press release from CBS News, May 6, 2019:

CBS News President and Senior Executive Producer Susan Zirinsky today announced a new weekday anchor lineup naming Norah O’Donnell Anchor and Managing Editor of the CBS EVENING NEWS and Gayle King, Anthony Mason and Tony Dokoupil Co-Hosts of CBS THIS MORNING.

The new CBS THIS MORNING team launches May 20. The CBS EVENING NEWS WITH NORAH O’DONNELL debuts this summer in New York and moves to its permanent home in Washington, D.C. this fall. Moving the CBS EVENING NEWS to Washington adds to the importance and stature of the broadcast and will give CBS News unique access to top lawmakers, whose decisions have a profound impact on all Americans.

“This is a start of a new era for CBS News,” said Zirinsky. “Our job is to reveal America to itself through original reporting, strong investigative journalism and powerful political coverage.”

O’Donnell, a highly respected, award-winning journalist, has covered the most significant events of our time and conducted news-making interviews with global leaders and newsmakers from all industries during her distinguished career. In addition to her new role as anchor of the CBS EVENING NEWS, O’Donnell will also serve as the venerable broadcast’s managing editor. O’Donnell will be the Network’s lead anchor for political coverage of the primaries and election nights and continue as a contributing correspondent for 60 MINUTES, the most-watched news broadcast.

King, an award-winning journalist and broadcaster who has co-hosted CBS THIS MORNING since 2012, will be teamed with two exceptional co-hosts, Mason and Dokoupil. Mason, who has most recently anchored CBS THIS MORNING: SATURDAY, has covered the world throughout his 33 years at CBS News from war zones to critical interviews. His curiosity and interests in a wide range of subjects from music, culture, science and literature will be on full display through his interviews and reporting each day. Dokoupil completes the team. He has established himself at CBS SUNDAY MORNING doing powerful and provocative cover stories and pieces for all CBS News programs. He’s an inspiring writer and interviewer, and passionate about journalism and the stories we tell every day. He’ll bring a new energy and perspective to the table. His creative voice and hard-working and authentic style will create a dynamic chemistry with Gayle and Anthony.

Dickerson, a preeminent journalist and author who has delivered ground-breaking political reporting with depth and perspective throughout his career, will join 60 MINUTES, the most respected news program in the country, as a correspondent. He will also have a key role as a contributing anchor to the Network’s political coverage of primary and election nights. He will continue to be based in New York.

“Norah is one of the leading journalists of our time. Her outstanding reporting, incisive interviews and dedication to the truth will distinguish the CBS EVENING NEWS every night,” said Zirinsky.

“Gayle’s game-changing interviews, compassionate storytelling and authenticity make her one of a kind. Her unrivaled ability to connect with audiences makes CBS THIS MORNING relevant, relatable and the place you must start your day,” said Zirinsky. “Anthony Mason is an exceptional journalist who over his three decades at CBS News has interviewed everyone from presidents to legendary artists, and has tapped into some of the most important stories in the world. Tony Dokoupil is a brilliant writer with a passion for delivering stories that matter. This new role will give Tony a platform to continue his standout reporting. We’re incredibly excited to have this dynamic team together each morning.”

“John is a world-class interviewer and writer who uses history to create current context to the complexities of the day,” said Zirinsky. “His insights into politics, culture and world events – past and present – will deepen the audiences’ understanding of what matters and will add to the excellence of 60 MINUTES and CBS News’ election specials.”

“We are grateful to Jeff Glor for his award-winning work and his commitment to both his colleagues and to our viewers. As we transition the EVENING NEWS to Washington, we are discussing opportunities for Jeff to remain with CBS News and continue providing the same substantive, trusted reporting that he has been offering for the past 12 years,” Zirinsky said.

Biographies below:

  • Norah O’Donnell is an Emmy Award-winning journalist who joined CBS News in 2011 as CBS News chief White House correspondent. She was named co-host of CBS THIS MORNING in July 2012. She also contributes to 60 MINUTES. As a journalist for more than two decades, she has covered six presidential elections and traveled around the globe to interview some of the world’s most notable leaders, including six of the last seven U.S. presidents. O’Donnell has conducted numerous interviews with newsmakers, including President Donald Trump, President Barack Obama, Vice President Mike Pence, Speaker Paul Ryan, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, the Dalai Lama and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. O’Donnell has also landed exclusive 60 MINUTES interviews with Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. She covered the historic election of Pope Francis in Vatican City as well as his first Apostolic Voyage to the United States. She also reported from the scenes of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation in Houston; the country’s worst mass shooting in Las Vegas; the terror attack in San Bernardino, and the Boston Marathon bombing. She was also part of the CBS News team that received an Alfred I. DuPont Award for the Network’s coverage of the 2012 Newtown massacre. O’Donnell has won two News Emmys for her reporting. O’Donnell is a 2019 New York Women in Communications Matrix Award honoree. She earned a Gracie Award and was named Best National News On-Air Talent for the years 2018 and 2016. Her reporting for CBS THIS MORNING on sexual assault at the Air Force Academy also won an honorable mention in the Edgar A. Poe Award from the White House Correspondents’ Association. She received the Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Newscast of 2017 and was named “Broadcaster of the Year” by the New York State Broadcasters Association in 2014. Prior to joining CBS News, O’Donnell worked for more than a decade at NBC News, where she covered the Pentagon, Congress, and the White House. Her assignments took her around the globe: she reported from every continent except Antarctica with the either the President of the United States or the Secretary of Defense.
  • Gayle King is an experienced television journalist who interviews top newsmakers and delivers original reporting to CBS THIS MORNING and all CBS News broadcasts and platforms. She joined CBS News in 2011 prior to the January 2012 launch of the CBS News morning news broadcast. She is also editor-at-large of the award-winning O, the Oprah Magazine. At CBS News, King has conducted revealing and news-making interviews with world leaders, political figures and celebrities. Recently, King has scored a string of high-profile and competitive interviews. She sat down for an explosive and exclusive interview with R& B singer R. Kelly and a separate interview with Azriel Clary and Joycelyn Savage, the two young women living with him in Chicago. The interviews were made into a CBS primetime special, which was that evening’s #1 program in the timeslot in all key demographics. King had the exclusive interviews with the director of the Michael Jackson documentary “Leaving Neverland,” as well as the accusers and members of the Jackson’s family, who had not participated in the documentary. King had the only television interview with embattled Virginia Democratic Governor Ralph Northam following his yearbook scandal. She had the first interviews with the two women who allege Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax sexually assaulted them. King had the first TV interview with Democrat Beto O’Rourke on the day he announced his candidacy for president. Other notable interviews by King include Michelle Obama and her mother, Marian Robinson, in their first TV interview together, former President Barack Obama, former House Speaker Paul Ryan, Tina Turner, Cher, Taylor Swift, Dave Chappelle, Amy Schumer, Elizabeth Smart, Dylan Farrow and Elon Musk. King has handled a number of high-profile assignments, including leading CBS THIS MORNING’s on-the-ground coverage from the Texas border to report on the administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy. She co-anchored live broadcasts from Orlando following the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. prior to the museum’s opening, as well as broadcasts from Cleveland and Philadelphia for the 2016 Republican and Democratic Conventions. King also contributed to CBS News’ election night coverage in 2014, 2016 and 2018. She also reported from Newtown, Conn. in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012 and co-anchored CBS News’ special coverage of several breaking news stories, including the Paris terrorist attacks, the San Bernardino shootings, and the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to legalize same-sex marriage. Before CBS, King previously hosted “The Gayle King Show,” a live, weekday television interview program on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network and was a television news anchor for CBS affiliate WFSB-TV in Hartford, Conn. for 18 years. She is the recipient of three Emmys and was named to Time magazine’s Time 100 list this year.
  • Anthony Mason has been the co-host of CBS THIS MORNING: SATURDAY and a frequent contributor to CBS SUNDAY MORNING. Mason is one of the most experienced and versatile correspondents in television news. He’s interviewed Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George Bush, Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon. He’s profiled Federal Reserve chairmen Alan Greenspan and Paul Volcker. And he’s perhaps best known for his interviews with many of the most prominent musicians of our time, including Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Aretha Franklin, Adele, Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, Cher, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. He has also profiled performers Jerry Seinfeld, Jeff Goldblum, Emily Blunt, Kate Winslet and Scarlett Johansson. During his tenure at CBS News, Mason has reported on major national and international news events and reported from more than 40 different countries, including the rise of Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan, the Iran-Iraq war, and the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. For more than a decade, Mason has been involved in election coverage for CBS News, providing exit poll analysis during the primaries and on election night. He joined CBS News in 1986 and has held assignments around the globe. In 1989 he was the first journalist to report on the exodus of East German refugees through Hungary as the Iron Curtain began to crack. He followed the story to Czechoslovakia and Poland as their communist governments collapsed. Mason’s work on the story won him the prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Journalism Award presented to CBS News for its coverage of Eastern Europe. From 1991 to 1993, Mason was CBS News’ chief Moscow correspondent, where he reported on the coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev in August 1991, the rise of Boris Yeltsin and the demise of the Soviet Union, coverage which won him an Emmy Award.
  • Tony Dokoupil has been a correspondent for CBS News based in New York and a regular contributor to CBS SUNDAY MORNING since 2016. Dokoupil’s writing and interviewing skills place him among the best in the business. His probing interview with First Lady Hillary Clinton made international headlines when he asked her whether her husband should have resigned in the wake of the Monica Lewinsky scandal. “Absolutely not,” Clinton said. His cover stories for CBS SUNDAY MORNING include features on the scourge of suicide, the promise and peril of electronic cigarettes, and a successful rehab program for drug- and alcohol-addicted airline pilots. Dokoupil also served as substitute anchor on CBSN, the CBS WEEKEND NEWS, and CBS THIS MORNING. Before CBS News, he spent three years as a correspondent for MSNBC. There, he was the Network’s lead reporter on a run of big national stories, including the Paris climate agreement and the Flint water crisis. He also covered the 2016 presidential primaries. From 2007 to 2013, Dokoupil was a senior writer at Newsweek and the Daily Beast. Dokoupil is also the author of the critically acclaimed book, The Last Pirate: A Father, His Son and the Golden Age of Marijuana (Doubleday, 2014), a memoir in which he documented his father’s exploits smuggling marijuana during the ‘70s and ‘80s.
  • John Dickerson joined CBS THIS MORNING in January 2018. Prior to that, he was CBS News’ chief Washington correspondent and anchor of FACE THE NATION. Dickerson is also a co-host of Slate’s “Political Gabfest” and “Whistlestop” podcasts as well as a contributing editor to The Atlantic. Dickerson joined CBS News in April 2009, as an analyst and contributor. For six years, he served as the Network’s political director and was moderator of FACE THE NATION from June 2015 to January 2018. During the 2016 presidential campaign, he moderated CBS News’ two presidential debates, and as host of FACE THE NATION he interviewed each of the major candidates multiple times. Dickerson has been a reporter in Washington since 1995, covering the White House, Congress and economics. From 2005 to 2015, he was Slate magazine’s chief political correspondent. Before Slate, Dickerson covered politics for 12 years for Time magazine. During his last four years, he was the magazine’s White House correspondent, covering the presidency of George W. Bush. He has covered the last six presidential campaigns. Dickerson is the author of On Her Trail (Simon and Schuster), a book about his mother. He is also the author of the New York Times best-seller Whistlestop: My Favorite Stories from Presidential Campaign History (Twelve Books). He is the recipient of the Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency and the David Broder award for political reporting.

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