Pelley to replace Couric on CBS Evening News

Posted May 3, 2011

— Scott Pelley has been named anchor and managing editor of The CBS Evening News, network officials said Tuesday.

Pelley, who also will continue to report stories for "60 Minutes" on CBS, will begin his nightly anchor duties on June 6. Katie Couric recently announced she was leaving the CBS Evening News after five years as anchor.

“Scott has it all. He has the experience, the credibility and he is among the very best reporters ever to work at CBS News,” CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager said in a statement. “In more than two decades at CBS News, he has distinguished himself at every level, right up to his current role at '60 Minutes,' where his work has been incomparable. We like to think of CBS News as the ‘reporter’s network,’ and I can’t think of anybody in this business better suited for the anchor chair than Scott.”

Pelley brings 60 Minutes sensibility to anchor chair Pelley brings '60 Minutes' sensibility to anchor chair

Pelley has covered everything from breaking national news stories to politics to wars, and he served as the network’s chief White House correspondent. Since he joined "60 Minutes" in 2004, half of all the major awards won by the broadcast have been for stories reported by Pelley.

He joined CBS News as a reporter based in New York in 1989. Before that, he was a producer/reporter for WFAA-TV Dallas/Fort Worth (1982-89), KXAS-TV Dallas/Fort Worth (1978-81) and KSEL-TV Lubbock, Texas (1975-78). He began his journalism career at the age of 15 as a copyboy at the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal newspaper.

Pelley was born in San Antonio, Texas, and attended journalism school at Texas Tech University. He and his wife, Jane Boone Pelley, have a son and a daughter.


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  • superman May 5, 2011

    Never did like Katie and always turned the channel to another news show. She was just a not so pretty face!

  • wildcat May 3, 2011

    if anyone bothers to watch.

    My decision is made....will not be watching it after Katie leave. Someone made a bad decision.

  • wildcat May 3, 2011

    katie was a wonderful person to watch and listen to every evening. Its sad that she leaving. But its horrible who they have chosen. Will not watch the program after she leaves.

  • wildcat May 3, 2011

    I will miss Katie.

    Me too. Will not watch it after she is gone. Where is Katie going any way?

  • wildcat May 3, 2011

    Not a good choice. He will not last very long. It should have been a female. That would have been the wiser choice. Oh, well.

  • country4ever May 3, 2011

    "Anything is better than Katie Couric!!! If she wanted a great example of a top notch female anchor she should have watched Diane Sawyer!!!"

    OMG...Diane Sawyer - I CANNOT stand to hear her talk. I will miss Katie.

  • Shelley Cooper May 3, 2011

    andy rooney is a jim henson puppet

  • heelbilly May 3, 2011

    Maybe the vast viewing audience of 50 or so will like him..

  • gregspigner May 3, 2011

    Katie was the only redeeming factor CBS had going: I guess CBS executive's still cannot release the helm to a woman. Another reason that cable will win; the 3 cannot decide and maintain an anchor!

  • thevickfamily May 3, 2011

    This is a great step for CBS...maybe for once they have an anchor that appears to be what they should be...and that is bipartisan(not showing favor to one party over the other reporting the news just as it "Columbo" used to say...."Just the facts maam, just the facts!"