Capital New York
By Matt Haber
January 18, 2012
I’ve been on a lot of shows,” Mo Rocca was saying from his tiny, windowless office at CBS News’ West 57th Street headquarters on a recent afternoon. “And there’s something about the intensity with which people respond to ‘Sunday Morning’ …. People feel very strongly about the show.”
On this rainy Thursday in early January, Rocca was dressed in a white pullover and brightly colored Nikes, sitting at his desk and talking about “CBS Sunday Morning,” on which he was recently named a correspondent after five years of on-air contributions.
At 42, Rocca has gone from parodying reporters on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” to being a reporter whose beat is elastic enough to include stories about male Spanx and people who walk their cats.
“It crosses a certain line where people say, ‘I love that show, I used to watch it with my grandfather,’” he said. “I can’t think of much downside to that. In television now, where things change so quickly for the most inconsequential reasons, there’s a lot to be said for stability.”
“Stable” is definitely one word to describe “Sunday Morning,” the news program that’s been a friendly guest in the homes of millions of Americans since its debut in 1979. While the weekday morning shows experience periodic shakeups and the nightly news has seen more drama over the last decade than the few soap operas left on air, “Sunday Morning” has remained constant, from the leisurely pace of its stories to the folksy yet cultured tone it strikes throughout. And, somehow, its audience has, too.