CBS Local News Innovation Lab Adds Six Including Consumer and Environmental Correspondents

By Kevin Eck 

This morning we told you WFAA reporter David Schechter was leaving the Tegna-owned Dallas ABC affiliate. Now we can say where he’s going.

Schechter and Ash-har Quraishi have been hired by CBS Stations as correspondents working out of its CBS Local News Innovation Lab. Schechter will be the national consumer correspondent, while Quraishi will be the national environmental correspondent.

Schechter and Quraishi will report to Chad Cross, vice president of content development at CBS Stations—and will be responsible for national-scale stories and longform reporting that will air on CBS-owned stations across the country and CBS Stations’ local news streaming channels. In addition, their reports will be made available to CBS Television Network affiliates via CBS Newspath, the Network’s affiliate news service.


Cross also announced the hiring of four additional members of the CBS Local News Innovation Lab team: Schechter’s longtime colleague Chance Horner has been named senior photographer, editor and producer; Amy Corral and Haley Rush have been appointed investigative producers; and Jose Sanchez has been named investigative photographer, editor and producer.

Schechter, Horner, Rush and Sanchez will be based at the lab’s home in Dallas-Fort Worth. Quraishi will be based in Chicago and Corral will work out of Los Angeles.

“We are thrilled to continue building up our CBS Local News Innovation Lab team roster with this esteemed group of investigative journalists,” said Cross. “David, Ash-har, Chance, Amy, Haley and Jose are all among the best of the best in their respective areas of expertise. We look forward to having them support the lab’s mission to produce data-driven, insightful reports for our CBS Stations group, as well as all of our Network affiliate partners.”

Schechter comes from WFAA in Dallas-Fort Worth, where he was a senior reporter, host and co-producer of the franchise Verify Road Trip, along with Horner.

Quraishi was a national correspondent for the E.W. Scripps Company. Before that, Quraishi was a reporter and fill-in anchor at WMAQ in Chicago. He’s also worked as the chief midwest correspondent for Al Jazeera America. Quraishi has reported for WTTW in Chicago and has contributed to the PBS NewsHour. He was also CNN’s Islamabad bureau chief and correspondent, based in Pakistan.

Horner has spent the last nine years at WFAA and most recently served as the station’s director of photography. Corral was the executive producer of the I-Team at KNBC in Los Angeles. Rush has spent the past five years at KPTV in Portland, Oregon, where she served as an investigative reporter and producer. Sanchez has 25 years of experience and last worked at KXAS in Dallas-Fort Worth, where he has helped transform the look of that station’s investigations.