NBC, CBS nab reporters in shuffle


NEW YORK -- NBC News said Monday that it has hired former CBS News correspondent Lee Cowan, while CBS News has picked up 25-year ABC News correspondent Dean Reynolds.

Cowan will be based in Chicago and work for all of NBC's platforms including "NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams" and "Today." Cowan began work last week after a 10-year career at CBS News.

Reynolds will work for his new network in Chicago, joining existing correspondent Cynthia Bowers in that bureau. Reynolds had worked as a correspondent at ABC News for 23 years, mostly for ABC's "World News" and recently covered the funeral of President Gerald Ford plus the presidential campaigns of Sen. John Kerry in 2004 and George W. Bush in 2000. Reynolds is the son of the late ABC News anchor Frank Reynolds.

Cowan's reporting highlights include the Sept. 11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the south Asia tsunami. He joined CBS News in 1996 and worked initially as an anchor for CBS Newspath. He had been a reporter-anchor at WLWT-TV Cincinnati before joining CBS and also has worked at WWMT Kalamazoo, Mich., KCOY Santa Maria, Calif., and KIEM Eureka, Calif. He started his career in 1988 as a researcher for "CBS News Nightwatch" and "CBS Evening News With Dan Rather."

Reynolds has worked around the world for ABC, including the network's Dallas bureau from 1995-98, the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem bureaus from 1986-95 and London in 1986. He was a Washington correspondent for ABC News from 1984-86 and was White House correspondent for CNN from 1982-84 and for UPI from 1981-82. He was an editor and reporter on the print side of UPI from 1971-81.