Three of CBS News’ top Washington-based journalists—Nancy Cordes, Ed O’Keefe, and Weijia Jiang—are getting new roles at the network. Cordes (center), who has covered Capitol Hill for 12 years at CBS News, has been named chief White House correspondent. O’Keefe and Jiang become senior White House correspondents.
From the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic and George Floyd protests around the world to the contested 2020 presidential election and last week’s storming of the U.S. Capitol by insurgents, O’Donnell says “journalism is more important than ever. There’s a thirst for information because there’s so much going on in the world.”
Shawna Thomas, a veteran of upstart journalism efforts like Vice and Quibi as well as mainstays like NBC News’ Meet the Press, will take the reins of CBS This Morning, filling a role that has been empty for months. Thomas has logged hours working as a Capitol Hill producer and also covering President Barack Obama. She spent a decade at NBC News before moving to Vice News, where she spent three years as its Washington bureau chief.
CBS’s pioneering newsmagazine is consistently one of the most-watched programs on television and its viewership is up 9% over last year, Nielsen said. That’s more than any other primetime program on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, and also one of only four to show a year-to-year increase.
One of the most revered producers in 60 Minutes history, Bob Anderson is calling it a career. Over his 30 years at the newsmagazine, Anderson has produced more than 180 stories, with his final one airing this past Sunday — an investigation of Saudi citizens escaping American justice.
CBS This Morning could get a new sunrise perch. CBS is contemplating a move that could harness a cavernous studio facility in the New York headquarters of its corporate parent, ViacomCBS, for use by CBS News — in particular its a.m. program. The studio offers panoramic views of Times Square, was once used as a base for the legendary MTV program TRL, and can be seen from the windows of the New York building that houses ABC morning rival Good Morning America.
CBS News will broadcast its multiplatform election night coverage from a newly built set in the Viacom CBS headquarters in New York’s Times Square, featuring advanced augmented-reality-style graphics and visual displays showing the latest data, polling and mapping. Anchoring from the studio will be Norah O’Donnell, Gayle King, Margaret Brennan, John Dickerson and Ed O’Keefe.
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Donald Trump’s contentious interview with veteran 60 Minutes host Lesley Stahl, as well as Joe Biden’s less eventful sit-down, scored the show its largest audience since 2018. The dual Biden and Trump interviews, the latter of which the president cut short, drew a total of 16.8 million total viewers on CBS and scored a 2.4 rating among adults 18-49, per Nielsen time adjusted fast national numbers.
Lesley Stahl told President Trump up front: “You know, this is 60 Minutes. And we can’t put on things we can’t verify.” On Sunday night, the show remained true to its word. The venerable CBS newsmagazine aired significant portions of the interview it conducted with President Trump earlier this week, even though the White House broke an agreement that a tape it made of the proceedings would only be used for archival material.
Lesley Stahl’s interview with President Donald Trump will air Sunday on 60 Minutes, despite the White House’s decision to air unedited footage of it on Facebook, CBS News said Thursday.
The CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes will interview President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden for next week’s edition. Correspondent Lesley Stahl announced the interviews at the end of the newscast Sunday, promising “revealing, provocative conversations with the two major party candidates for president.”
The set, at the ViacomCBS headquarters on Broadway, highlights modern wizardry like “augmented reality” 3D images and multiple data screens while offering enough roominess to protect staff members from being infected with COVID-19, the network said on Thursday. Norah O’Donnell will anchor her first presidential election night, joined on the set by Gayle King, Margaret Brennan, John Dickerson and Ed O’Keefe.
CBS News is promoting 11-year network veteran Len Tepper to executive director, CBS News Investigative Unit. Tepper is currently the investigative unit’s supervising senior producer.
President Donald Trump ended his press conference on Saturday after being pressed by Paula Reid of CBS News on the claim that his administration passed the Veterans Choice health care law.
CBS News is launching a Race and Culture Unit, and CBS News’s Alvin Patrick will lead it. Patrick, a senior producer at the network who has been working exclusively with CBS News special correspondent (and The NFL on CBS studio host) James Brown, will report to EVP of News Kimberly Godwin, effective immediately.
The news magazine’s executive producer, Bill Owens, details his approach to calming the waters at 60 Minutes, guiding the show through the myriad challenges of COVID-19, launching a short-form sibling show on Quibi, and other topics.
As protests over George Floyd’s killing continue around the country, CBS News has set a special on racism and police brutality. Anchored by CBS This Morning‘s Gayle King, Justice for All airs at 10 p.m. Tuesday on CBS, BET and streamer CBSN.
The company, which underwent layoffs this week, has not yet docked executive pay, which has “upset” some network staffers. However, CBS News President Susan Zirinsky was asked by an employee during a staff Zoom call whether pay cuts were considered and said that cuts were discussed at the corporate level, though they have not been enacted.
Nationally-known reporters are among those affected by the CBSViacom layoffs, according to reports. A source with knowledge of the layoffs told TheWrap the cuts affected 300 people, of whom 75 were from the newsroom, “including some senior producers and reporters at top shows.” Journalist Yashar Ali named CBS News’ White House reporter Mark Knoller, Pentagon reporter Cami McCormick and correspondent Dean Reynolds in a series of tweets about the layoffs
During a six-decade career at CBS and NBC, Small supervised, guided and in some cases hired generations of some of the best-known reporters and anchors in television news, among them: Dan Rather, Eric Sevareid, Daniel Schorr, Connie Chung, Diane Sawyer, 60 Minutes correspondents Ed Bradley and Lesley Stahl and Face the Nation anchor Bob Schieffer.
Stacey Benson has been named the chief financial officer of CBS News, effective July 1. Benson joins CBS News from ViacomCBS’s global media operations division, where she was SVP of finance.
CBS’s Sunday morning news show Face the Nation is on a two-week winning streak and has seen a major boost in viewers amid coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. “It’s been heartening to see the choices that we’re making are resonating,” says host Margaret Brennan.
The debut is the newest expansion of major market local news streaming services from CBS and features local news content produced by KTVT.
President Trump called 60 Minutes’ interview with whistleblower Rick Bright fake news, called CBS News anchor Norah O’Donnell a third place anchor, and said the show was trying to demean the country to benefit the radical left. In a 60 Minutes interview Sunday night hosted by O’Donnell, Bright, formerly a top scientist with the Department of Health and Human Services, said the Trump Administration’s COVID-19 response had been slow, prioritized politics over science, pushed the unproven drug hydroxychloroquine, and ultimately cost lives.
Miss America in 1971, George joined Brent Musburger and Irv Cross in 1975 on The NFL Today. Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder later was added to the cast. She spent three seasons on the live pregame show, returned in 1980 and left in 1983, winning plaudits for her warmth of her interviews with star athletes. She also covered horse racing, hosted the entertainment show People and co-anchored the CBS Morning News. She was 70.