Correspondent Thomas plies 'Insider' trade


Former CNN Headline News co-anchor Thomas Roberts is taking on a role as correspondent on CBS Television Distribution's syndicated newsmagazine "The Insider."

Roberts, who joined CNN in 2001, co-anchored coverage of the Columbia Space Shuttle tragedy in 2003 as well as the ongoing coverage of the Iraq War. He received an Emmy nom in 2002 for an investigation of a local puppy mill that ultimately was shut down. He left CNN in May.

Roberts joins fellow correspondents Victoria Recano and Steven Cojocaru on "Insider," which is hosted by Pat O'Brien and co-anchored by Lara Spencer.

"Thomas is a seasoned reporter whose sincere disposition on- and off-camera gives him an extraordinary rapport with viewers," executive producer Linda Bell Blue said. "We are thrilled to welcome him to our team of talented correspondents."

Before joining CNN, Roberts held anchor and/or reporting positions at various local TV stations, including Fox affiliate WFTX in Fort Myers, Fla., and NBC affiliate WAVY in Norfolk-Virginia Beach, Va.