Byron Pitts named '60 Minutes' contributor


NEW YORK -- CBS News correspondent Byron Pitts has been named a contributor to "60 Minutes."

Pitts' work had appeared on the top-rated newsmagazine since 2006, including a combative interview with New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin in August of that year. Now he'll be in the regular rotation starting in 2009-10. CBS News said Pitts will do at least six stories during next season.

His promotion also comes with a new title, chief national correspondent, where he'll continue to do stories for the "CBS Evening News with Katie Couric."

"Byron is one of the finest reporters in the news business and it is gratifying that he has worked his way up right here at home at CBS News," said executive producer Jeff Fager.

Pitts' last work on "60 Minutes" was last month, a profile of USC football coach Pete Carroll. He has been a national correspondent at CBS News since 2006 and a correspondent since 1998. He began his career as a weekend sports anchor at WNCT-TV IN Greenville, N.C., in 1984.