ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Cecilia Vega Leaves Network for 60 Minutes

By A.J. Katz 

A veteran correspondent is leaving one high-profile job for another.

ABC News chief White House correspondent Cecilia Vega is leaving the network and joining CBS News as a correspondent for 60 Minutes, the network said Thursday morning.

Vega will begin reporting for 60 Minutes in the spring and be based in Washington, D.C.


“Cecilia Vega is a sensational reporter and storyteller,” 60 Minutes ep Bill Owens said in a statement. “I have admired her work for a long, long time and couldn’t be more excited to welcome her to 60 Minutes. Her new colleagues couldn’t agree more.”

Vega added, “This is a dream come true. I am beyond honored to join the ranks of this legendary show and to work alongside the best reporters in journalism.”

Vega is widely considered one of the business’ leading political reporters. She also anchored several broadcasts during her 12-year run at ABC News, including GMA and the Saturday edition of World News Tonight, and has reported on every major story of the last decade, including the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections, the Covid-19 pandemic, the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster and the papal conclave that elected Pope Francis. She has conducted hundreds of high-profile interviews with political newsmakers, world leaders and celebrities and traveled the globe to report stories of national and international significance.

Vega’s experience spans coverage of both sides of the aisle and all branches of government. Her coverage of the Trump administration included frequently news-making exchanges with the president and administration officials, especially during the peak of the pandemic in the United States. At the Trump White House, Vega also covered three Supreme Court nominations, the firing of FBI director James Comey, the Mueller report and both of President Trump’s impeachment trials.

Also at ABC, Vega was the lead reporter for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign; she reported on the re-election of President Barack Obama and was at the U.S. Capitol for the Obama, Biden and Trump inaugurations.

Vega joined ABC News in 2011 as a Los Angeles-based correspondent. Before that, she was a reporter for ABC’s KGO-TV in San Francisco.