Don Dahler, the WCBS weekend anchor, is leaving the station. FishbowlNY has learned that the veteran newsman will be a correspondent for CBS News.
Although Dahler’s time at WCBS was productive, it can also be described as dizzying. He joined WCBS in September 2007, initially as weekend evening anchor. By May 2008, Dahler was named weekday noon and 6 p.m. co-anchor.
That lasted until September 2011 when Dahler was shifted back to weekends to make way for Chris Wragge following his stint on The Early Show.
Upon Dahler’s return to weekends, he was given the tiring split shift, early morning anchor with Cindy Hsu and solo at 11 p.m. (usually delayed on Sundays due to sports coverage). During the week, Dahler files reports for WCBS and sister site WLNY. Since Wragge has been filling in mornings on Channel 2, Dahler has been the co-anchor at 6 and 9 p.m (on WLNY) with Dana Tyler.
Sources say Dahler will be based in New York as a reporter for the CBS Evening News and CBS This Morning. CBS News declined a comment to FishbowlNY.
It’s a homecoming of sorts for Dahler, who got his start in network news as a 48 Hours producer.
Dahler spent several years as a national correspondent at ABC News. His WCBS bio states that Dahler was the first network correspondent to report live from the scene of the World Trade Center attacks. A short time later, he was on the move to northern Afghanistan, one of the first American journalists on the scene before the U.S. military took action against the Taliban.
That assignment led to an appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Dahler is expected to make the network transition in April.