Smith To Co-Anchor Saturday Early Show

By Brian 

CBS News correspondent Tracy Smith has been named co-anchor of The Saturday Early Show, the network announced today. (She is taking Gretchen Carlson‘s seat, after Carlson went to Fox News earlier this summer.) Smith will also be a “national correspondent” for The Early Show. She starts on Saturday. Her bio, from the press release, is after the jump…

Quoting the press release:

Smith joined CBS News in 2000 as a correspondent for THE EARLY SHOW. She has covered major news stories, including Campaign ’04, the war in Iraq, the crash of American Airlines flight 587 in Queens, N.Y., the Sept. 11 attacks, and the March 2001 school shooting in Santee, Calif. She has done numerous multi-part series on a variety of issues such as Megan’s Law and mothers dealing with stress at home and in the workplace, and contributes to “Study Hall,” a bi-monthly report on teen issues. Smith has also contributed to CBS NEWS SUNDAY MORNING.

Before joining CBS News, Smith worked as an anchor and reporter for Channel One News (1993-2000), a daily newscast that airs in more than 12,000 secondary schools nationwide. She covered a broad range of stories, including the Clinton Administration, the rise of neo-Nazis in Germany, Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination in Israel, the civil war in Southern Sudan and the aftermath of genocide in Rwanda. Prior to that, Smith served as a part-time reporter for KERO-TV, the CBS affiliate in Bakersfield, Calif. (1993).

She is the recipient of seven National Educational Media Network Awards, including a Golden Apple for a story on nuclear proliferation. The Chicago International Film Festival honored Smith with a Golden Hugo award for a piece on abusive relationships. She is also the recipient of a Gold World Medal from the New York Festival for a series on heroin abuse.

Smith was born in Wyoming, Ohio. She was graduated cum laude from Boston University in 1990 with a bachelor’s of science degree and from the University of Southern California in 1993 with a master’s of arts degree in broadcast journalism