Pelley to replace Couric on CBS Evening News

Posted May 3, 2011 10:33 a.m. EDT
Updated May 3, 2011 1:21 p.m. EDT

— 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 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.