NEW YORK -- CBS says Scott Pelley will take over as its evening news anchor, starting on June 6.
The network on Tuesday announced the expected selection of Pelley, the veteran 60 Minutes reporter, to replace Katie Couric on the CBS Evening News. Couric is pursuing a syndicated talk show, but hasn t said where she will be working next. The date for her final CBS broadcast has not been set.
Pelley is a Texas native who has worked at CBS for two decades. He will inherit a broadcast that is in last place in the ratings behind NBC and ABC, and has been for some time.
CBS said Pelley will continue to do stories for 60 Minutes.
Scott has it all. He has the experience, the credibility and he is among the very best reporters ever to work at CBS News, said 60 Minutes Executive Producer Fager. 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.
Few reporters have made as wide and as deep a mark on a news organization as Pelley has at CBS News, according to a press release from the network. He s covered everything from breaking national news stories to politics to wars and served as the network s chief White House correspondent. Since he brought that experience to 60 Minutes in 2004, half of all the major awards won by the broadcast have been for stories reported by Pelley.
Pelley s recent 60 Minutes reports include segments on late-breaking stories such as the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the mass murder in Tucson that seriously wounded Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords.
On September 11th, Pelley was among the first reporters to arrive on the scene of the twin towers. His award-winning live reports from ground zero and the subsequent search and recovery operations exhibited his innate ability to provide a deeper understanding of news events.
Pelley has covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq more than any other journalist in recent history. He was first to report live from the war zone after the invasion of Iraq and was one of the only reporters who did not embed with the military. Instead, he and his team went alone with two SUVs and, using a satellite dish, reported some of the most powerful stories from that war, including the fight for Umm Qasr and the fall of Basra. Following the invasion, Pelley reported on the uncovering of mass graves in Iraq and the guerrilla war against U.S. forces there.
In 1990, he was assigned for a year to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, during the Persian Gulf crisis. He covered Baghdad and later broadcast live reports during Iraqi missile attacks on Saudi Arabia. He joined the troops of the XVIII Airborne Corps for combat coverage of the invasion of Iraq and the liberation of Kuwait.
All told, Pelley and his team s distinguished body of work have received an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Silver Baton, two George Foster Peabody awards, 14 national Emmy awards, five Edward R. Murrow awards, a George Polk and a Loeb award, as well as honors from the Society of Professional Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Writers Guild of America. Twenty-one of those awards have been earned for his work over the past five years on 60 Minutes.
Prior to his time at CBS News, Pelley 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.
Scott 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.