Bob Orr Retiring from TV News

By Chris Ariens 

BobOrrBob Orr, the Justice and Homeland Security correspondent for CBS News, is retiring from the network in February.

Orr, who joined CBS News in 1993, covers law enforcement issues ranging from global and domestic terror to school shootings to organized crime. “Please join me in congratulating Bob on his extraordinary career at CBS and in broadcast journalism and on his well-earned retirement,” writes DC bureau chief Chris Isham in a note to staff, obtained by TVNewser.

Before CBS, Orr was a reporter and anchor for WBNS-TV, in Columbus, OH and WCAU in Philadelphia. He began his career at WTRF in Wheeling, WV.

Newsblues, which first reported the story, says Jeff Pegues, who joined CBS News in May, 2013 is expected to take over coverage of justice and security issues.

Isham’s full note after the jump…

It is with very mixed emotions that I am announcing that, after 21 years at CBS News (and 40 years in broadcast journalism,) Bob Orr has decided to retire and move to Florida with his wife, Susie. Bob will be greatly missed in our bureau.

Bob Orr has led CBS News’ coverage of most (if not all) of the major stories and events of past two decades—from 9/11 to Sandy Hook to the killing of Osama bin Laden to the Boston Marathon bombings to the major aviation disasters such as the explosion of TWA flight 800. In story after story, Bob’s outstanding reporting, clear writing, and confident presence have brought clarity from chaos, and sense from the senseless. Deservedly, Bob has won every major award including 4 National Emmys and a DuPont but perhaps his greatest contribution to CBS News and to our bureau has been his spirited presence in the newsroom — discussing and debating the latest stories and breaking news, mentoring young reporters, and telling the rest of us how to do our jobs.

Please join me in congratulating Bob on his extraordinary career at CBS and in broadcast journalism and on his well-earned retirement.

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