Norah O’Donnell, MSNBC’s chief Washington correspondent and commentator for NBC’s “Today,” will be switching networks to become CBS News’ new chief White House correspondent, CBS announced.
The news was first reported by Politico’s Mike Allen, who called the move “a stunning shakeup for both the front row of the White House briefing room and for Washington’s intensely competitive network news bureaus.”
CBS said that O’Donnell will also be the principal substitute anchor for Bob Schieffer on “Face the Nation” and will report for all CBS News broadcasts, including “60 Minutes.” O’Donnell first joined NBC News in 1999; she'd been a staff reporter at Roll Call and MSNBC contributor.
“Norah’s experience on Washington’s top beats—at the White House, on Capitol Hill, and at the Pentagon—will make her a great addition to our growing Washington bureau,” said CBS News president David Rhodes. “At the White House, on the campaign trail with the President, at the Conventions and into Election Night, we will be even more competitive in our reporting with Norah on board.”
Additionally, CBS News’ current chief White House correspondent, Chip Reid, will become a D.C.-based national correspondent “with greater editorial range,” said CBS.