CBS Names Reid to White House, Axelrod Back to NY

By Chris Ariens Comment

CReid_11.10.jpgCBS News president Sean McManus has announced that Chip Reid will be CBS News’s Chief White House Correspondent. Reid, who covered the McCain campaign, joined CBS in August 2007 from NBC News where he covered Capitol Hill. The new appointment is effective January 5. Reid will cover the transfer of power until then.

Also announced today, Jim Axelrod, who has served as Chief White House Correspondent since 2006, becomes National Correspondent based in New York. TVNewser hears CBS News will name Nancy Cordes to be Capitol Hill correspondent when she returns from family leave (Cordes is due to give birth any minute.)

The press release is after the jump…


Chip Reid is named CBS News Chief White House Correspondent, it was announced today by Sean McManus, President, CBS News and Sports. Reid joined CBS News in 2007 as Capitol Hill Correspondent and covered the 2008 Presidential campaign extensively, most recently traveling with Sen. John McCain. The appointment is effective January 5, 2009. Reid will continue to cover the transition in the coming months. In addition, Jim Axelrod, who has served as Chief White House Correspondent since 2006, becomes National Correspondent based in New York. CBS News will name a new Capitol Hill correspondent in a separate announcement.

Prior to joining CBS News, Reid covered the Senate and the House of Representatives for NBC News since fall 2004, and reported for all major NBC News broadcasts, as well as MSNBC, where he also anchored political coverage.
Before that, Reid was based in Los Angeles for NBC (2001-03). During that time, he was embedded for seven weeks with a lead unit of the U.S. Marines during the initial march of U.S troops from Kuwait to Baghdad. After the attacks of Sept. 11, Reid reported from Ground Zero and from the Pentagon, and followed that with stories on the war on terror from datelines around the world, including Afghanistan, Israel, Uzbekistan and Egypt. He also covered domestic stories in the western U.S., including wildfires and politics.
Reid was based in Washington, D.C. for NBC (1996-2000), where he covered Al Gore’s 2000 Presidential campaign–and the fallout from the voting irregularities–and the impeachment of President Clinton, as well as many other Beltway stories. Before joining NBC, Reid was a reporter at WJLA-TV (1994-96) and WTTG-TV (1990-93) in Washington. His career in broadcast journalism began at ABC News as a field producer in Washington (1988-89).
Previously, Reid practiced law, first as Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee (1982-86) and then as a litigation and lobbying specialist at a major Washington, D.C. law firm (1986-88).
He was born in Wilmington, Del. Reid was graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College in 1977 with a degree in psychology, from Princeton University in 1982 with a Master’s of Public Affairs and from Columbia Law School in 1982 with a law degree. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife.