"CBS Evening News" anchor Scott Pelley will become a full-time correspondent for "60 Minutes" and be replaced on "CBS Evening News" by interim anchor Anthony Mason, according to a release issued Wednesday by CBS News.
Pelley will also report on major stories and breaking news events across the CBS News Division, according to the release.
Pelley has been both a correspondent for "60 Minutes" and the anchor and managing editor of the "CBS Evening News" with Scott Pelley since 2011. He joined "60 Minutes" as a correspondent in 2004.
“Scott brought the best values of '60 Minutes' to the 'CBS Evening News', and we thank him for his commitment to the journalism of this broadcast every night these past six years,” said David Rhodes, president of CBS News. “The milestone 50th season of '60 Minutes' requires Scott’s full contribution, and we look forward to important reporting from him for many years to come.”
“I find my heart filled with gratitude for the opportunity to know you, humility, in light of your sacrifices, and hope for the future of journalism because of the standards you live by,” Pelley said. “CBS has been great to me for nearly 30 years. I’m glad to accept this assignment with continuing gratitude.”
Since Pelley took the helm of "CBS Evening News" in 2011, the broadcast grew its audience in each of the first five seasons, the longest run of growth for any network evening news broadcast in the history of the modern ratings system.
With Pelley as anchor, the "CBS Evening News" earned journalism’s most prestigious honors, including seven Emmys, two George Foster Peabody Awards, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award, two George Polk Awards, 13 Edward R. Murrow Awards and a host of additional honors. Pelley’s stories for "60 Minutes" have accounted for half of all the major awards won by the broadcast since he joined it.
Anthony Mason will continue to co-anchor "CBS This Morning: Saturday" with Alex Wagner. Mason has reported from more than 30 countries and won seven Emmy Awards.
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