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NEW YORK -- Maggie Rodriguez has been named co-anchor of "The Early Show." She replaces Hannah Storm, who said last week that she plans to leave the show.

Rodriguez, who has been an anchor and reporter in Los Angeles and Miami, joined CBS this year as co-anchor of "The Saturday Early Show." She will take over on "The Early Show" on Jan. 7.

CBS News said that negotiations with Storm are continuing to find her a new spot at the network.

Rodriguez will join Harry Smith and Julie Chen. Since joining CBS in June, she also has done stories for the "CBS Evening News" and "Sunday Morning" plus been a substitute anchor for the weekend evening newscast.

"In the past six months, Maggie has proved to be a remarkably good fit in morning news," CBS News president Sean McManus said. "Her tenacity as a journalist and her authenticity and warmth will serve Maggie and CBS News very well."
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