Byron Pitts: The New York Times: Pitts Moves to ABC News From CBS

April 3rd, 2013

The New York Times
Published: April 1, 2013

Byron Pitts, a 15-year veteran of CBS News, is moving to ABC News, where he will be the network’s chief national correspondent and a substitute anchor.

ABC announced the move on Monday. Politico reported a month ago that Mr. Pitts was in talks to join ABC.

Mr. Pitts has been the chief national correspondent for “CBS Evening News” for the last four years. He joined the network in 1997, initially as a correspondent for its affiliate news service. He has been a contributor to the acclaimed Sunday night news show “60 Minutes,” filing 23 reports in the last seven years.

After word spread about his move to ABC last month, “60 Minutes” showed his two final reports: one about a military veteran who committed suicide and a second about a former mobster.

In an internal memorandum on Monday, the president of ABC News, Ben Sherwood, praised Mr. Pitts’s storytelling skills.

“Byron has a unique talent for stories about people and communities facing the longest odds,” Mr. Sherwood wrote. “In his new role, he will file for all platforms, bringing his signature thoughtfulness, seriousness of purpose, and flair.”

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