CBS News' Harry Smith leaves for NBC


Another departure from CBS News, since Katie Couric left the CBS Evening News anchor chair: The announcement came in an email from CBS News President David Rhodes on 7/8: “Harry Smith has been a fixture here at CBS News for a generation — he joined us in Dallas in 1986 — but today he’s decided to move on,” said Rhodes. “In my own recent time at CBS News I enjoyed working with Harry as he reported from Egypt, Libya, Malta, and Japan. Frankly we may have enjoyed all those assignments more than he did — he’s seen a lot of airport departure lounges over his career and especially in the last four months.”

Reportedly, he’ll be moving to NBC’s new primetime magazine show with Brian Williams.

Smith, Dave Price and Maggie Rodriguez were replaced on CBS’s ”Early Show” last year by Chris Wragge, Erica Hill and Maggie Castro. During his 25-year tenure at CBS News, Smith sat down with six presidents, from Barack Obama to Richard Nixon.

At CBS news, he most recently served as a fill-in anchor and senior correspondent. He also hosts a daily news and analysis feature, “Just a Minute,” on the CBS News Radio Network; was a substitute anchor and occasional correspondent for the “CBS Evening News,” “CBS News Face The Nation” and “CBS News Sunday Morning.”