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Bill Whitaker, a veteran CBS News reporter, has been named a "60 Minutes" correspondent, becoming only the second African-American correspondent in the show's history, after Ed Bradley, who died in 2006.
In a statement, Jeff Fager, "60" executive producer and chairman of CBS News said, "Bill Whitaker is one of the great veterans of CBS News. He has had a distinguished career covering just about every kind of story all over the world. Bill is a natural fit at '60 Minutes' and it’s exciting that he has agreed to join us.”
A Philadelphia native, Whitaker joined CBS in 1984, later reporting from Atlanta, and then in the network's Tokyo bureau where he covered the uprising at Tiananmen Square. He was later lead reporter on George Bush's 2000 campaign, and Mitt Romney's 2008 run. Based in Los Angeles since 1992, he has also been a frequent contributor to "Sunday Morning."
Bradley, another Philadelphia native, and a 26-year veteran of "60," was among television news' respected and honored correspondents over his long run at CBS.
(By the way, this question may come up so just to answer: Byron Pitts, who has appeared on "60" numerous times, was not officially a "correspondent" for the show, but a contributor - the difference is considerable. There have been many "contributors" to "60" over the years, but very very few "60 Minutes" correspondents.)
Following the death yesterday of Nelson Mandela, the networks are just now setting a weekend of tributes and retrospectives. First up, CBS News will air “Nelson Mandela: Father of a Nation,” a one-hour "48 HOURS PRESENTS." And ABC just announced a Robin Roberts/David Muir-anchored special tonight at 10, titled "Nelson Mandela: A Man Who Changed the World."
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One of the media's most unique efforts at bringing back that terrible day in history, fifty years ago, is on-going right now - at CBSNews.com, which is streaming its coverage of the day. It's a remarkable time capsule, and a must-watch for anyone who cares to go back to remember - and experience - that long ago moment:
Meanwhile, here are the times to watch this web streaming event... And speaking of television and what this all meant that day, here's a post from earlier today.
Day 1 - [9hrs. 45min. 23sec.] Start time: 1:40PM - End time 11:24PM
Day 2 - [15hrs. 01min. 20 sec.] Start time: 8:00AM - End time 11:02PM
Day 3 - [14hrs. 21min. 26.sec.] Start time: 9:00AM - End time 11: 22PM
Day 4 - [15hrs. 38min. 23sec.] Start time: 8:00AM - End time 11:38PM
Too much TV coverage of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy . . . or too little? There is (after all) a lot: For example, The History Channel's "JFK Assassination: The Definitive Guide" and "Lee Harvey Oswald: 48 Hours to Live," tonight competing with Tom Brokaw's "Where Were You: The Day JFK Died."
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Walter Cronkite, November 22, 1963:..."Some thirty-eight minutes ago..."
Over the past few weeks, this curious and rather sad side drama enveloped ongoing coverage of the JFK assassination anniversary: Would Dan Rather be airbrushed out of CBS News' coverage of that tragic long-ago day altogether? In fact, he was not: He appeared on Saturday's quite-good "48 Hours" special edition, "As It Happened."
Rather had a major role that day 50...Read more »