Big changes afoot at CBS in the wake of the departure of John Roberts to CNN: Our cousin TVNewser is reporting that Jim Axelrod will take the top spot at the White House, Lara Logan will become chief foreign correspondent, and Byron Pitts is becoming national correspondent.
All three moves are effective February 6.
Pitts will cover “the biggest domestic and breaking stories” and include a new beat focusing on “faith, family and the culture,” becoming the rough equivalent of ABC’s Dan Harris/Jake Tapper on the “culture wars” beat. “Byron has emerged as one of the best on-scene reporters and storytellers in the business. He talks to viewers in a strikingly direct way, and his ability to get to the heart of a story and relate that eloquently is one of his many strengths,” says CBS News President Sean McManus.
McManus on Axelrod, who’ll be moving to the city with his family soon: “I have never seen a reporter as intensely driven as Jim. That aggressiveness will serve him and CBS News very well on the White House beat, one of the most crucial and competitive for any news organization. I can’t wait to turn him loose.”