Chapter Three

Evening News

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In the Seat of Mainstream News

Bob began anchoring CBS News broadcasts in 1971, when he was named anchor of the network's 11 p.m. Sunday newscast. Not long after, he was named anchor of the Saturday News, a post he held until 1996. For years, he worked Monday through Friday in Washington, caught an early Saturday morning shuttle to New York, and then returned to Washington on Saturday night after the broadcast.

When Dan Rather left CBS News in 2005, Bob became interim anchor of the Monday through Friday edition of the CBS Evening News for 23 months. That made him the only correspondent to anchor all of the CBS "hard news" broadcasts: the Saturday and Sunday News, the Morning News (which he anchored in 1979 and 1980), and Face the Nation, which he moderated for 24 years.

In 2001, Bob was part of the CBS News team that confronted one of the greatest challenges the venerable news organization had ever faced: covering the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

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From his time at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram to moderating presidential debates, take a look at a variety of photos and videos from Bob’s legendary career in journalism.

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