Farewell Tom

From an internal email sent by CBS’ Sean McManus, obtained by FishbowlDC:

    I’d like to take a moment to let anyone know who may not that Tom Mattesky is retiring from CBS News today. Tom has chalked up more than 33 years of reporting experience in his long and successful career.

    He has been Deputy Washington Bureau Chief for CBS News since September 1995, the critically important “second-in-command” to our bureau chiefs — first Al Ortiz and then Janet Leissner. Tom was involved in all aspects of the newsgathering and management of that bureau, our largest, and represented CBS News to and with the other networks for all Network pool activities.

    He was a producer for the “Eye on America” segments of the CBS EVENING NEWS (1993-95). Beginning in 1989 when he moved to Washington, Tom was CBS News’ chief White House producer. He also was a lead producer for the network’s presidential campaign coverage in 1992.

    Before that, Tom was based in the CBS News Atlanta bureau, covering, among other stories, the network’s space and aviation beats. His first assignment at CBS News was as a Southeast regional producer for Newsnet (now NEWSPATH). He joined CBS News in 1985.

    Tom was a reporter, producer and news executive at WBTV, the CBS affiliate in Charlotte, N.C. (1979-85) and a reporter at WDBJ, the CBS affiliate in Roanoke, Va. (1975-79).

    His journalism career began as a reporter at his hometown newspaper, The Evening Sentinel in Carlisle, Pa. (1974-75).

    Among Tom’s many awards is an Emmy for investigative reporting for a series of reports about problems with the nation’s medical helicopter fleet.

    He is a graduate of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va.

    Please join me in appreciating a truly fine career in journalism and in wishing Tom the very best as he begins the next chapter of his life.

There is a happy hour tonight in Tom’s honor.