CBS News Names Lee Cowan National Correspondent

4:39 PM PST 10/12/2011 by Lauren Schutte
CBS

The move reunites the reporter, who was previously at NBC for four years, with the network he joined in 1996.

Lee Cowan has been named CBS News national correspondent, effective Nov. 1, CBS News chairman and 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager and president of CBS News David Rhodes announced Wednesday. 

Cowan will contribute to all CBS News broadcasts and platforms and will also serve as a substitute anchor for CBS Sunday Morning

"Lee Cowan is a first class reporter and one of the best storytellers in his generation of broadcast journalists,” Fager said in a statement, adding, “It’s a real thrill that he is coming home to us.”

Cowan last worked as a correspondent for NBC News since 2007, covering the 2008 presidential election and Japan's 2011 tsunami. Prior to his NBC stint, he was a correspondent for the CBS Evening News reporting on the attacks of September 11, Hurricane Katrina as well as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He first joined CBS News in 1996. 

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