CBS News named "Face the Nation" host John Dickerson as the new co-anchor of its "CBS This Morning", placing the Washington anchor in a role that was previously filled by Charlie Rose. During the 2016 presidential campaign he moderated CBS News' two presidential debates and as host of FACE THE NATION, interviewed each of the major candidates multiple times.
In a statement, CBS News chief David Rhodes said, in part, "John's impressive track record and strong all-around journalism extends our commitment to real news coverage", adding that incumbent co-hosts "Gayle [King] and Norah [O'Donnell] continue to show tremendous leadership on our morning broadcast each day". It caught some CBS staffers off-guard, partly because the morning show was live on the air at the time.
"There's just no way I'd be able to do both", Dickerson said.
"This is a new beginning with an old friend", O'Donnell said.
Dickerson will join Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell on the critically acclaimed and award winning broadcast. Rose was sacked in November after allegations of sexual harassment. He will continue hosting Face the Nation at least through the weekend as Rhodes and executive producer Mary Hager determine what's next for the Sunday show. That move has paid dividends for NBC, which has passed "Good Morning America" in the ratings since Kotb began filling in for Lauer the day his firing was announced. "CBS This Morning's" viewer totals (around 3.7 million) have remained steady as well since Rose's departure.
The journalist John Dickerson is a Washington creature to his core: a presidential historian, repository of political trivia, and scion of a glamorous Kalorama family whose party guests regularly included Kennedys, Johnsons and Reagans.
Dickerson is relocating to NY from Washington, D.C., full time.