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Scott Pelley to replace Katie Couric on 'CBS Evening News'

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Pelley joined CBS in 1989 and "60 Minutes" in 2004
  • He recently reported on the earthquake and tsunami in Japan
  • His appointment will take effect June 6

(CNN) -- Scott Pelley, a correspondent for CBS' "60 Minutes" since 2004, will replace Katie Couric as anchor of the "CBS Evening News," the network said in a statement on its website Tuesday.

Couric, 54, last month told People magazine that she was leaving the program. She took over the news show in 2006.

"The bottom line is that I love doing all kinds of different stories," Couric told People. "I have a lot of areas of interest and I want to be able to fulfill all of that."

Pelley's appointment as anchor and managing editor of the news program is effective June 6, CBS said. Pelley will continue to report stories for "60 Minutes," it said.

"Few reporters have made as wide and deep a mark on a news organization as Pelley has at CBS News, where he's covered everything from breaking national news stories to politics to wars and served as the network's chief White House correspondent," the network said on its website.

Pelley's recent "60 Minutes" reports have included segments on the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the Tucson, Arizona, shootings of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others in January.

Pelley joined CBS News as a reporter based in New York in 1989, the network said. He and his team have won two Peabody awards, 14 Emmys and five Edward R. Murrow awards, among others.

Before joining CBS, Pelley was a producer and reporter for WFAA and KXAS in Dallas-Fort Worth and KSEL in Lubbock, Texas. He started in journalism as a 15-year-old, CBS said, working as a copyboy at the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal newspaper.

A native of San Antonio, Texas, Pelley attended journalism school at Texas Tech University, CBS said.

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