CBS News

CBS News
CBS News
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Headquarters New York City, New York, United States
Area served Worldwide
Key people Jeff Fager (Chairman of CBS News)[1]
David Rhodes (President of CBS News)[2]
Scott Pelley (Lead Anchor)[3]
Dan Farber (Editor-in-chief,[4]
Parent CBS Broadcasting Inc.

CBS News is the news division of American television and radio network CBS. The current chairman is Jeff Fager who is also the executive producer of 60 Minutes, while the current president of CBS News is David Rhodes.[5] CBS News' flagship program is the CBS Evening News, hosted by the network's main anchors Scott Pelley and Russ Mitchell. Other programs include a morning show called, The Early Show, news magazine programs CBS News Sunday Morning, 60 Minutes, & 48 Hours, and Sunday morning political affairs program Face the Nation.


Current CBS News broadcasts

"Classic" logo of CBS News, from the 1970s. Still in use as a secondary logo.

Broadcast history

The information on programs listed in this section came directly from CBS News in interviews with the Vice President of Communications and NewsWatch Dallas.

According to the CBS News Library and source Sandy Genelius (Vice President, CBS News Communications), the "CBS Evening News" was the program title for both Saturday and Sunday evening broadcasts. The program title for the Sunday late night news beginning in 1963 was the "CBS Sunday Night News". These titles were also seen on the intro slide of the program's opening.

Five minute news program history

  • Charles Collingwood with the News (1956, 1961–62)
  • Walter Cronkite with the News (1956–1960)
  • Charles Kuralt with the News (1960)
  • Ron Cochran with the News (1960–61)
  • Stuart Novins with the News (1961)
  • Harry Reasoner with the News (1961–62)
  • CBS News with Harry Reasoner (1962–63)
  • CBS News with Douglas Edwards (1962–63)
  • CBS Mid-Morning News with Douglas Edwards (1979–1980)
  • CBS Midday News with Harry Reasoner (1963)
  • CBS Midday News with Robert Trout (1963–65)
  • CBS Midday News with Mike Wallace (1965–66)
  • CBS Midday News with Joseph Benti (1966–69)
  • CBS Midday News with Douglas Edwards (1969–1979)
  • CBS Afternoon News with Douglas Edwards (1963–69)
  • CBS Newsbreak (90 second midday/afternoon/evening update) (1976–2009)

Saturday afternoon/evening network news history (15 & 30 minute programs)

  • The Week in Review (1950)
  • Saturday News Special (with Don Hollenbeck) (1950–51)
  • Douglas Edwards and the News (1951)
  • News with Edward P. Morgan (1951)
  • Up To The Minute (Walter Cronkite) (1951–1962)
  • The Saturday News with Robert Trout (1959)
  • The Saturday News with Harry Reasoner (1959–1962)
  • CBS News with Robert Trout (1962–63)
  • CBS News with Roger Mudd (1962)
  • CBS News with Mike Wallace (1963)
  • CBS Saturday News with Robert Trout (1963–66)
  • CBS Saturday News with Richard C. Hottelet (1964)
  • CBS Saturday News with Martin Agronsky (1964–65)
  • CBS Saturday News with David Schoumacher (1965)
  • CBS Saturday News with Dave Dugan (1965)
  • CBS Saturday News with Charles Kuralt (1965)
  • CBS Saturday News with Stuart Novins (1965)
  • In February 1966, the "CBS Evening News" premiered on weekends as 30 minutes.
  • CBS Evening News with Roger Mudd (1966–1973)
  • CBS Evening News with Dan Rather (1973–1976)
  • CBS Evening News with Bob Schieffer (1976–1996)
  • CBS Evening News with Paula Zahn (1996–1999)
  • CBS Evening News with Russ Mitchell (1999–2006) or Thalia Assuras (anchors rotated every other Saturday); Mika Brzezinski (substituted in 2005-06)
  • CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor (2009–2010)

Sunday late afternoon/early evening news history

  • The Week in Review (1948)
  • News Program (Edward P. Morgan) (1951)
  • Shape of the News (Edward P. Morgan) (1951)
  • Sunday News (Ron Cochran) (1951)
  • The American Week (commentary & analysis by Eric Sevareid) (1954–55)
  • CBS Sunday News (Eric Sevareid) (1956)
  • World News Roundup (Eric Sevareid, Robert Trout) (1957–58)
  • Robert Trout with the News (1958)
  • Harry Reasoner with the News (1959–1960)
  • CBS Evening News with Morton Dean (1976–1984)
  • CBS Evening News with Susan Spencer (1985–1989)
  • CBS Evening News with Connie Chung (1989–1993)
  • CBS Evening News with John Roberts (1995–2005)

CBS Sunday late news history (all 15 minute programs)

  • The Week in Review (1949–1950)
  • John Daly and the News (1950)
  • Sunday News Special (Don Hollenbeck, Winston Burdett) (1951–1961)
  • Walter Cronkite with the News (1961–62)
  • CBS News with Eric Sevareid (1962–63)
  • CBS Sunday Night News with Harry Reasoner (1963–1970)
  • CBS Sunday Night News with Dan Rather (1970–1973, 1974–1975, 1979–1981)
  • CBS Sunday Night News with Bob Schieffer (1973–1974, 1988–1991)
  • CBS Sunday Night News with Morton Dean (1975–1976)
  • CBS Sunday Night News with Ed Bradley (1976–1979)
  • CBS Sunday Night News with Charles Osgood (1981–1988)
  • CBS Sunday Night News with Bill Plante (1991–1996)
  • CBS Sunday Night News with Russ Mitchell (1996–1997)
  • Broadcasts were after late night local news and ended after 1997.

Prime time/evening news program history

  • See It Now (Edward R. Murrow, Howard K. Smith) (November 18, 1951-July 8, 1957)
  • You Are There (Walter Cronkite) (1953–57)
  • Douglas Edwards and the News (August 15, 1948-April 13, 1962)
  • The Twentieth Century (Walter Cronkite) (1957–1970)
  • CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite (April 16, 1962-March 6, 1981)
  • CBS Reports (Howard K. Smith, Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite, Eric Sevareid, Ed Bradley) (1959–1971)
  • CBS Evening News with Dan Rather (March 9, 1981-March 9, 2005) or Connie Chung (June 1, 1993–1995)
  • Nightwatch (Charlie Rose) (October 3, 1982-March 31, 1992)
  • West 57th (Meredith Viera, John Ferrugia) (August 13, 1985-September 9, 1989)
  • America Tonight (Dan Rather, Charles Kuralt, Lesley Stahl, Robert Krulwich, Edie Magnus) (October 1, 1990–1991)
  • Street Stories (Ed Bradley) (January 9, 1992-June 10, 1993)
  • Eye to Eye with Connie Chung (June 17, 1993-May 25, 1995)
  • Face to Face with Connie Chung (1990–1991)
  • Saturday Night with Connie Chung (1989–1990)
  • Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel (October 1, 1997–1998)
  • 60 Minutes II (Wednesday) (January 13, 1999-September 2, 2005)
  • CBS Evening News with Bob Schieffer (March 10, 2005–August 31, 2006)
  • CBS Evening News with Katie Couric (September 5, 2006–May 19, 2011)
  • CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley (June 6, 2011-present)

CBS Newspath

CBS Newspath is CBS News' satellite news gathering service (similar to CNN Newsource). CBS Newspath provides national hard news, sports highlights, regional spot news, features and live coverage of major breaking news events for affiliate stations to use in their local news broadcasts. CBS Newspath has a team of domestic and global correspondents and freelance reporters dedicated to reporting for affiliates and offers several different national or international stories fronted by reporters on a daily basis. CBS Newspath also relies heavily on local affiliates sharing content. Stations will often contribute locally-obtained footage that may be of national interest.

Network News Service (NNS) is a pioneering news organization formed by ABC News One, CBS Newspath and Fox News Edge. Launched in June 2000, its subscriber list already includes more than 500 ABC, CBS and Fox affiliates throughout the United States. The three news distributors created NNS to cost-effectively pool resources for developing and delivering second tier news stories and b-roll footage. The goal was to realize cost savings in the creation and distribution of these news images, while news organizations and member TV stations continued to independently develop and deliver their own signature coverage of top news stories.

CBS Radio Network News

The branch of CBS News that produces newscasts and features to radio stations is CBS Radio News, which airs on the CBS Radio Network. The radio network is the oldest unit of CBS and traced its roots to the company's founding in 1927, and the news division took shape over the following 10 years. The list of CBS News correspondents (below) includes those reporting on CBS Radio News.

CBS Radio News produces the oldest daily news show on radio or television, the CBS World News Roundup (it first aired in 1938 and celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2008), which airs each morning and evening. The morning CBS Radio World News Roundup is anchored by Steve Kathan and produced by Paul Farry. The “late edition” is anchored by Bill Whitney and produced by Greg Armstrong. The evening Roundup, previously known as The World Tonight, has aired in its current form since 1956 and has been anchored by Blair Clark, Douglas Edwards, Dallas Townsend and Christopher Glenn.

The CBS Radio Network provides newscasts at the top of the hour, regular updates at :31 past the hour, the popular Newsfeeds for affiliates (including WCBS and KYW) at :35, and breaking news updates when developments warrant, often at :20 and :50 past the hour. Westwood One handles the distribution.


  • Watch the Worldwatchers. CBS News. (1966–1981)
  • CBS News. Then and Now. The Leader. (1981–1982)
  • CBS News. All the Difference in the World. (1982–1984)
  • When It's Important, America Turns to CBS News. (1984–1986)
  • CBS News. We keep America on Top of the World. (1986–1988)
  • CBS News. He's (referring to Dan Rather) Been There, He'll Be There. (1988–1990)
  • You Always Know, When It's CBS News. (1990–1991)
  • Experience. CBS News. (1991–2006)
  • CBS News. See It Now, Anytime, Anywhere. (2006–2007, 2011-present)
  • CBS News. Experience You Can Trust. (2007–2008)
  • CBS News Is Very Good News. (2008–2010)
  • Only CBS. (2010-2011)
  • CBS News. Original Reporting. (2011-Present)


Current correspondents

New York World Headquarters

  • Dr. Jennifer Ashton - Medical Correspondent
  • Jim Axelrod - National Correspondent
  • Seth Doane - Correspondent
  • Bill Geist - Correspondent, Sunday Morning
  • Jeff Glor - Special Correspondent
  • Peter Greenberg - Travel Editor
  • Tony Guida - Correspondent
  • Erica Hill - Co-Anchor, The Early Show
  • Rebecca Jarvis - Business and Economics Correspondent; Co-Anchor, The Early Show on Saturday
  • Armen Keteyian - Chief Investigative Correspondent
  • Gayle King - Co-Anchor, The Early Show
  • Steve Kroft - Co-Editor, 60 Minutes
  • Dr. Jon LaPook - Medical Correspondent
  • Maureen Maher - Correspondent, 48 Hours
  • Anthony Mason - Senior Business Correspondent
  • John Miller - Senior Correspondent
  • Michelle Miller - Correspondent
  • Russ Mitchell - National Correspondent; Co-Anchor, The Early Show on Saturday, Weekend Anchor, CBS Evening News
  • Erin Moriarty - Correspondent, 48 Hours
  • Betty Nguyen - Anchor, CBS Morning News; Anchor, Up to the Minute; Headline Anchor, The Early Show on Saturday
  • Charles Osgood - Anchor, CBS News Sunday Morning
  • Scott Pelley - Anchor, CBS Evening News, Correspondent, 60 Minutes
  • Byron Pitts - Senior National Correspondent; Correspondent, 60 Minutes
  • Elaine Quijano - Correspondent
  • Troy Roberts - Correspondent, 48 Hours
  • Charlie Rose - Co-Anchor The Early Show
  • Morley Safer - Co-Editor, 60 Minutes
  • Richard Schlesinger - Correspondent
  • Bob Simon - Correspondent, 60 Minutes
  • Tracy Smith - Correspondent, Sunday Morning
  • Lesley Stahl - Co-Editor, 60 Minutes
  • Martha Teichner - Correspondent, Sunday Morning
  • Peter Van Sant - Correspondent, 48 Hours


  • Wyatt Andrews - Correspondent
  • Sharyl Attkisson - Investigative Correspondent
  • Rita Braver - Senior Correspondent, Sunday Morning
  • Nancy Cordes - Congressional & Consumer Safety Correspondent
  • Jan Crawford - Chief Legal Correspondent
  • Lara Logan - Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent; Correspondent, 60 Minutes
  • David Martin - National Security Correspondent at The Pentagon
  • Norah O'Donnell - Chief White House Correspondent
  • Bob Orr - Justice/Homeland Security & Aviation Correspondent
  • Bill Plante - Senior White House Correspondent
  • Chip Reid- National Correspondent
  • Bob Schieffer - Chief Washington Correspondent; Anchor, Face the Nation
  • Susan Spencer - Correspondent, 48 Hours

Los Angeles

  • Lee Cowan - National Correspondent
  • Ben Tracy - National Correspondent
  • Bill Whitaker - Correspondent


  • Elizabeth Palmer - Correspondent
  • Mark Phillips - Correspondent


  • Cynthia Bowers - Correspondent
  • Dean Reynolds - National Correspondent

San Francisco

  • John Blackstone - Correspondent


  • Mark Strassmann - Transportation Correspondent


  • Barry Petersen - Correspondent


  • Celia Hatton - Correspondent


  • Allen Pizzey - Correspondent


  • Mandy Clark - Correspondent/Digital Journalist


  • Serena Altschul - Correspondent, Sunday Morning in New York
  • Debbye Turner Bell - Veterinary Contributor, The Early Show in New York
  • Lucy Craft - Correspondent (freelance) in Tokyo
  • Priya David - Correspondent (freelance) in San Francisco
  • John Dickerson - Political Analyst in Washington
  • Nancy Giles - Correspondent, Sunday Morning in New York
  • Steve Hartman - "On The Road" Correspondent, CBS Evening News in New York
  • Hattie Kauffman - Correspondent in Los Angeles

CBS Newspath

  • Joel Brown - Correspondent in Washington
  • Karen Brown - Correspondent in New York
  • Kathryn Brown - Correspondent(freelance) in New York
  • Janet Choi - Correspondent in New York
  • Alexis Christoforous - Business Correspondent in New York
  • Charlie D'Agata - Correspondent in London
  • Manuel Gallegus - Correspondent in New York
  • Kendis Gibson - Correspondent in Los Angeles
  • Wendy Gillette - Correspondent(freelance) in New York
  • Alison Harmelin - Correspondent, CBS News MoneyWatch in New York
  • Sandra Hughes - Correspondent in Los Angeles
  • Whit Johnson - Correspondent in Washington
  • Josh Landis - Correspondent in New York
  • Claire Leka - Correspondent, CBS News MoneyWatch in New York
  • Drew Levinson - Correspondent in New York
  • Tara Mergener - Correspondent(freelance) in Washington
  • Randall Pinkston - Correspondent in New York

CBS Radio News

  • Howard Arenstein - Correspondent/Bureau Manager in Washington
  • Barry Bagnato - Correspondent in Washington
  • Vicki Barker - Correspondent in London
  • Dave Barrett - Correspondent in New York
  • Heather Bosch - Correspondent in New York
  • Robert Berger - Correspondent in Jerusalem
  • Harley Carnes - Anchor in New York
  • Jim Chenevey - Correspondent in New York
  • Pam Coulter - Anchor in Washington
  • Tom Foty - Anchor in Washington
  • Bob Fuss - Capitol Hill Correspondent in Washington
  • Steve Futterman - Correspondent in Los Angeles
  • Steve Kathan - Anchor, CBS World News Roundup in New York
  • Stephan Kaufman - Correspondent in Spokane
  • Peter King - Kennedy Space Center Correspondent in Orlando
  • Mark Knoller - White House Correspondent in Washington
  • Jim Krasula - Correspondent in the Carolinas
  • Sam Litzinger - Anchor in Washington
  • Peter Maer - White House Correspondent in Washington
  • Cami McCormick - Correspondent in Washington
  • Sharon Mittelman - Anchor in New York
  • Gary Nunn - Anchor in New York
  • Dan Raviv - National Correspondent in Washington
  • Frank Settipani - Anchor/Correspondent in New York
  • Jim Taylor - Anchor in New York
  • Toula Vlahou - Correspondent (freelance) in Dubai
  • Bill Whitney - Anchor in New York

Source: CBS News & NewsWatch Dallas

Past correspondents

+ - deceased Source: CBS News & NewsWatch Dallas

Bureaus and offices

(Source: CBS News - Vice President of Communications) Domestic Bureaus & Offices*

Foreign Bureaus & Offices*

  • Amman, Jordan*
  • Baghdad, Iraq (closed June 2008)
  • Beijing, China*
  • Bonn, Germany* (closed December 2008)
  • Hong Kong*
  • Johannesburg, South Africa*
  • London, UK
  • Moscow, Russia (closed February 2009)
  • Paris, France* (closed April 2008)
  • Rome, Italy*
  • Tel Aviv, Israel*
  • Tokyo, Japan

(CBS News defines a bureau or office as "a definite physical location with CBS NEWS staff ... not someone's home or space or having a stringer living in a city." CBS Radio News also has Jerusalem and Manila.)

International broadcasts

CBS Evening News is shown on Sky News to viewers in Europe and Africa.

In Australia, the CBS Evening News bulletin is shown at 11.30am Monday to Saturday, and at 12.30pm on Sundays on Sky News Australia.

In Philippines, CBS Evening News is broadcast via satellite on Q11 (a sister station of GMA Network) at 7:30pm and Replays at 1:00pm after Balitanghali. CBS Evening News broadcasts were stopped on Q11 to make way for a public affairs look-back program (Napa-Strip Or Power Review)

CBS is not shown outside the Americas on a channel in its own right. However, both CBS News is shown for a few hours a day on Orbit News in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. CBS News stories are a common occurrence on Australia's Ten News on Network Ten, as part a CBS programming content deal. They also air The Early Show each weekday as well.


In 1964, Rep. Jimmy Utt (R-Cal.) filed a libel suit against CBS regarding a CBS Reports "Case History of a Rumor" program. He claimed the defendants had "'entrapped' him into giving a television interview that turned out to be a 'cross examination' by Roger Mudd, who acted as 'prosecutor, judge, and jury.'" The case was dismissed. Utt died in office in 1970 and was succeeded by John G. Schmitz.[6]

On February 15, 1966, CBS News president Fred Friendly resigned in protest after the network declined to show hearings of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee regarding the expanding Vietnam War in favor of reruns of I Love Lucy. The decision, made by the network's vice president of broadcasting, John M. Schneider, specifically related to the testimony of George F. Kennan not being shown, in contrast to NBC News, which was showing it live.

Political bias

Throughout the years, numerous conservative activists have accused CBS News of perpetuating a liberal bias in its news coverage. The Media Research Center, a right-wing media watchdog group led by L. Brent Bozell, has been especially critical about what it has perceived to be unduly favorable coverage of liberal topics by CBS, especially during the tenure of CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather.[7][8] In his 2001 book Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News, former CBS correspondent Bernard Goldberg extensively criticized Rather's management of CBS News and what he claimed was Rather's combatative efforts to skew the network's coverage.

Journalism scandals

Subsidization of Haitian invasion

In 1971, the Federal Communications Commission and the House Commerce Committee issued reports claiming that CBS News financially subsidized Project Nassau, a planned 1966 invasion of Haiti intended to overthrow then-dictator François Duvalier; CBS News allegedly became involved in the plot in order to shoot the invasion for a television documentary. However, the participants in the invasion were arrested by the FBI before it could be carried out. In a deposition, Atlanta Journal reporter Tom Dunkin claimed that Jay McMullen, a CBS producer, told him that he had "spent a lot of time and money on this project and had nothing to show for it." CBS was denounced by Vice President Spiro Agnew, who accused the network of disseminating "self-serving propaganda."[9]

2004 Killian documents

On September 8, 2004, two months before the 2004 presidential election, 60 Minutes II broadcast a report by Dan Rather claiming that a series of memos had surfaced criticizing President George W. Bush's service record in the Texas Air National Guard, purportedly discovered in the personnel files of Bush's then-commanding officer, Lt. Col. Jerry B. Killian. However, independent analysis of the documents in question -- particularly analysis of their anachronistic typographic conventions -- strongly suggested that they were actually forgeries.

Despite initially defending the authenticity of the documents, Rather and CBS eventually admitted that they were misled about how they were obtained; Rather, however, has continued to insist that the documents weren't conclusively proved to be forged. After an internal investigation, CBS dismissed four producers and allegedly hastened Rather's retirement as anchor of the CBS Evening News. Rather filed a $70 million lawsuit against CBS in 2007, claiming that the network and its management had made him a "scapegoat" in the Killian story. In 2009, Rather's lawsuit was dismissed.


On the April 4, 2007, broadcast of the CBS Evening News, Katie Couric gave a one-minute commentary about the importance of reading. However, it was later discovered that Couric's commentary was substantially lifted from a column by Jeffrey Zaslow in The Wall Street Journal. Despite the personal flavor of the piece -- with Couric saying how she still remembered receiving her first library card -- it was later determined that a producer had written the commentary instead of Couric, and that she had plagiarized from Zaslow's column. CBS quickly fired the producer and promised changes to its procedures.


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