First on TVNewser: Insiders tell us that as of Wednesday, David Gregory’s 6pmET program, “Race for the White House” will be known as “1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.”
How Gregory will continue to anchor a 6pm show and be NBC’s Chief White House correspondent, which usually means being available to report for Nightly News at 6:30pm, is not known.
Generally, after an election, the correspondents who’ve been covering the candidates end up being put on the White House beat. For NBC that would be Lee Cowan, covering Obama and Kelly O’Donnell, who’s been covering McCain. O’Donnell was on White House duty before the campaign. Cowan, who joined NBC from CBS last year, is based in Chicago.
> Update: An emailer reminds us O’Donnell became NBC’s congressional correspondent in Dec. 2007. “She switched to #1 on the Hill from #2 on the White House beat.” This was after NBC’s congressional correspondent Chip Reid jumped to CBS News.