CBS Announces Jan Crawford Greenburg’s Return


We told you Friday that ABC’s Jan Crawford Greenburg would be swapping networks to join her pal Bob Schieffer at CBS News. Today, her new network announced her return.

In an email, CBS News President Sean McManus said he was happy to have Greenberg back at CBS.

From his email:

“I am very pleased to announce that, effective January 4, Jan Crawford Greenburg is joining CBS News as our Chief Legal Correspondent. Jan will provide legal and political news and analysis and contribute regularly to THE CBS EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC, THE EARLY SHOW and FACE THE NATION, as well as CBS Radio News and Many of you will recall that Jan was a regular contributor to CBS News in 2005 and 2006.

Jan is an enormously talented, well-respected and influential legal reporter, analyst and author. Her groundbreaking reporting on legal and political issues will strengthen our already deep bench of acclaimed legal journalists and experts. Jan’s professional bio is attached below [after the jump].

We are happy to have Jan back with CBS News in her new, greatly expanded role. Please join me in welcoming her.”


Jan Crawford Greenburg is a recognized authority on the Supreme Court whose 2007 book, “Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for the Control of the United States Supreme Court” (Penguin Press), gained critical acclaim and became an instant New York Times Bestseller. She began covering the Court in 1994 for the Chicago Tribune and went on to become a law and political correspondent for all ABC News programs, a Supreme Court analyst for The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer on PBS and a legal analyst for the CBS News broadcasts THE CBS EVENING NEWS and FACE THE NATION. She has reported on most of the major judicial appointments and confirmation hearings of the past 15 years.

Chief Justice John Roberts granted Greenburg his first network television interview, just one of the rare interviews she was able to obtain with a total of five of the Court’s current members, as well as retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. She also sat down with then-86 year old Justice John Paul Stevens in his first television interview, as well as Justices Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia and Stephen Breyer.

Greenburg’s in-depth reports on the Bush Administration’s legal war on terror and her exclusive reports on controversial interrogation techniques used for terror suspects have received wide acclaim and been credited with being a catalyst for congressional hearings. Washingtonian Magazine recently named her one of Washington’s top journalists.

Greenburg began her journalistic career at the Tribune in 1987, joining the legal affairs beat in 1993 after her graduation from the University of Chicago Law School. The newspaper awarded her its highest award in 2001 for her role on a team of reporters covering the presidential election of 2000 and the legal battles over the White House. She won the same prize for her 13-part series on the post-civil rights South, a project that brought her back to her native Alabama.

Greenburg graduated from the University of Alabama in 1987. She has taught journalism at American University and frequently speaks about the Court to universities, law schools, legal organizations and civic groups across the country. She is a member of the New York Bar. She and her family live in Washington D.C.