Russ Mitchell of CBS’ The Early Show and anchor of the Sunday Evening News was our guest this morning on the Menu podcast.
Mitchell discussed recently filling in on the CBS Evening News for Katie Couric. “The Evening News during the week is a little more structured, I think on the weekends you can be a little more flexible,” he said. “Both shows are great broadcasts to anchor, and I enjoy all of it.”
On Friday Mitchell receives the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism from his alma mater, the University of Missouri. “Of all the honors I’ve been fortunate enough to have in this business, this is by far to me personally the greatest honor,” he said of the award.
Mitchell will also lead a master class on the changing TV news industry. “The traditional model of doing things is long gone, so what I tell them is to have a thick skin, know they’re going to get knocked down many times, and to also have as many skills as possible under their belt,” he said.
Also discussed: Mitchell’s (and Walter Cronkite’s) thoughts on the newspaper industry, the future of online video and Mitchell’s still-alive NCAA bracket.