"60 Minutes" reporter Scott Pelley has been named the new anchor of "CBS Evening News," succeeding Katie Couric whose solo stint at the news anchor desk made television history, CBS saidTuesday.
Pelley, 53, will take over the anchor chair on the nation's No. 3 rated network news show on June 6 but also will continue reporting for "60 Minutes," CBS said.
He replaces Couric, whose contract is up in June and who announced last week she would leave the job.
Couric, who has held the high-profile post for five years, was the first solo woman anchor of a nightly newscast on a major U.S. television network.
Pelley, the network's former chief White House correspondent, has worked for CBS for more than two decades, during which he covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the genocide in Darfur. He is known for a hard-hitting interview style and strong on-air presence.
He interviewed such newsmakers as President George W. Bush, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and former CIA Director George Tenet in an Emmy Award-winning piece in which Tenet broke his silence about the Sept. 11 2001 attacks.
Since 2004, when Pelley joined "60 Minutes," half of the news show's major awards have been for his stories, CBS said.
"Scott has it all," said CBS News chairman Jeff Fager. "In more than two decades at CBS News, he has distinguished himself at every level."
Couric, 54, moved to CBS News in 2006 after 15 years as co-host of NBC's top-rated morning show, "Today," and at the time spoke of plans to revamp and update the nightly network news format.
But she never managed to lift "CBS Evening News" out of third place.
Couric is reported to be in talks to develop a daytime talk show.
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