Norah O’Donnell to take over CBS Evening News anchor chair

Norah O’Donnell to take over CBS Evening News anchor chair
Norah O'Donnell has been named the new anchor of the "CBS Evening News" and will take over the broadcast later this summer.

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - CBS News President Susan Zirinsky announced Monday morning that Norah O’Donnell has been named anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News and will take over for Jeff Glor this summer.

As part of the move, the network announced that it will move its broadcast permanently to Washington, D.C. this fall. Meanwhile, the new “CBS This Morning” team will include Gayle King, Anthony Mason and Tony Dokoupil as co-hosts.

John Dickerson will report for 60 Minutes and contribute to election specials for the network.

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

“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."

O’Donnell is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and has served as co-anchor of CBS’s morning news program since July 2012. Before joining the program, she was the Chief White House Correspondent for CBS News.

For “CBS This Morning,” O’Donnell conducted numerous interviews with newsmakers including President Donald Trump, President Barack Obama, Vice President Mike Pence, and Speaker Paul Ryan. She has sat down with some of the world’s most influential leaders including South Korean President Moon Jae-in, for his first interview in office, His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, and the Dalai Lama.

In March, O’Donnell spent a week reporting in Saudi Arabia where she interviewed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The conversation was his first and only American television interview.

“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.

O’Donnell has won two News Emmys for her reporting. In 2018 she was awarded in the Outstanding Investigative Report in a Newscast category for her report on sexual assaults at the United States Air Force Academy. She also won in 2009 as part of NBC News’ 2008 Election Night coverage team for the category Outstanding Live Coverage of a Breaking News Story – Long Form.

O'Donnell earned a Gracie Award and was named best national news on-air talent for the year 2018 and 2016. Her reporting for CBS This Morning on sexual assault at the Air Force Academy 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.

O’Donnell has covered a number of breaking news stories throughout her career. She reported from the Pentagon on September 11th, 2001, and received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Breaking News Coverage for a “Dateline NBC” story titled, “D.C. In Crisis.” In the months following the attacks, she traveled extensively with then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, including on his first trip to Afghanistan following the terrorist attacks.

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