Norah O’Donnell Begins Her Tenure as CBS Evening News Anchor on July 15

By A.J. Katz 

The CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell finally has an official launch date: Monday, July 15.

CBS News’ flagship newscast will be anchored from New York starting on the 15th and move to its permanent home in Washington, D.C. in the fall.

“There is a real hunger for an independent source of news, and that starts with Norah O’Donnell. She has traveled the world reporting the most important stories of our time and has covered the White House, the Pentagon and Capitol Hill,” CBS News president and senior ep Susan Zirinsky said in a statement. “She is an exceptional and experienced journalist who cares deeply about the issues that affect American families. Norah is the right person at the right time.”


CBS News evp of news Kim Godwin will serve as launch ep until the newscast moves down to Washington.

“Norah is a team player who leads by example and represents the core journalistic values of CBS News,” said Godwin. “The CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell will embody urgency, truth and original reporting. The entire CBS News team is eager for her to take the chair.”

In addition to the weeknight television broadcast, the CBS Evening News will stream on CBSN every weeknight in its entirety at 10 p.m. ET.

O’Donnell will be anchor and managing editor of the newscast, and will also be lead anchor for political coverage of the primaries and election nights. O’Donnell will continue as a contributing correspondent for 60 Minutes.

O’Donnell was named CBS Evening News anchor on May 6. Her final day as CBS This Morning co-host was May 16.

O’Donnell jumped to CBS News in June 2011 as the network’s Chief White House correspondent, making said jump after an 11-year run at NBC News/MSNBC.

After 13 months as on the White House beat, then-CBS News chairman Jeff Fager moved O’Donnell to CBS This Morning. The rest is history.