May 6, 2019

CBS News names Norah O'Donnell "Evening News" anchor in staff shakeup

Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell. Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

CBS News announced a staff reshuffle on Monday, naming Norah O'Donnell as the anchor and managing editor of "CBS Evening News" and announcing Gayle King would be flanked by Anthony Mason and Tony Dokoupil on "CBS Morning News" as John Dickerson shifts to a role at "60 Minutes."

Why it matters: The shakeup represents the first big move by new CBS News President Susan Zirinsky, the network’s first female president, to revive the news division after a rocky two years. "CBS This Morning" has struggled to find its footing after the firing of longtime anchor Charlie Rose in 2017. The evening news show has lagged in ratings for the past 18 months under anchor Jeff Glor.

Between the lines: Zirinsky is hoping a talent shakeup will bring new energy to the newsroom, which has been dogged by issues of sexual misconduct. Amid the shakeup, Zirinsky is elevating O’Donnell into a role that’s typically been held by male journalists and is making King, a woman of color, the female lead for the network’s morning newscast. The network's Sunday show "Face the Nation" has been led by female moderator Margaret Brennan since 2018.

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George Zimmerman sues Buttigieg and Warren for $265M

George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida, in November 2013. Photo: Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images

George Zimmerman filed a lawsuit in Polk County, Fla. seeking $265 million in damages from Democratic presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren, accusing them of defaming him to "garner votes in the black community."

Context: Neither the Massachusetts senator nor the former Southbend mayor tweeted his name in the Feb. 5 posts on what would've been the 25th birthday of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teen Zimmerman fatally shot in 2012. But Zimmerman alleges they "acted with actual malice" to defame him.

4 takeaways from the Nevada Democratic debate

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The relative civility of the last eight Democratic debates was thrown by the wayside Wednesday night, the first debate to feature the billionaire "boogeyman," Michael Bloomberg, whose massive advertising buys and polling surge have drawn the ire of the entire field.

The big picture: Pete Buttigieg captured the state of the race early on, noting that after Super Tuesday, the "two most polarizing figures on this stage" — Bloomberg and democratic socialist Bernie Sanders — could be the only ones left competing for the nomination. The rest of candidates fought to stop that momentum.

Klobuchar squares off with Buttigieg on immigration

Buttigieg and Klobuchar in Las Vegas on Feb. 19. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg went after Sen. Amy Klobuchar on the debate stage Wednesday for voting to confirm Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan and voting in 2007 to make English the national language.

What she's saying: "I wish everyone was as perfect as you, Pete, but let me tell you what it's like to be in the arena. ... I did not one bit agree with these draconian policies to separate kids from their parents, and in my first 100 days, I would immediately change that."