CBS News Anchor Scott Pelley Bio

Scott Pelley
Jamie McCarthy / Staff

Current Media Position

Scott Pelley is the anchor of the CBS Evening News. He will continue to report for the weekly CBS newsmagazine program 60 Minutes.

Significance to the Media Industry

Scott Pelley marks a return to the hard-news roots of CBS News after the personality-driven tenure of Katie Couric on the anchor desk.

Pelley has been with CBS News for more than 20 years and has worked his way up through the reporter ranks.

While his name may not be readily known by everyone, he's made his mark by breaking several significant national news stories over the years.

Scott Pelley's Early Career

Pelley began his career as a 15-year-old copyboy at the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal in Texas. He says he lied about his age because you had to be 16 to be hired. He says he had his mother drop him off two blocks away so that no one would catch on that he wasn't old enough to drive.

After that, he held several positions in local television. Those jobs started with KSEL in Lubbock (now KAMC), where Pelley worked from 1975 until 1978. Then it was off to Dallas/Fort Worth, where he worked at KXAS from 1978-1981 and WFAA from 1982-89.

Pelley joined CBS News in 1989. He began his network career as a New York-based reporter.

Career Highlights

The correspondents on 60 Minutes are used to winning a plethora of awards and Pelley has racked up plenty on his own.

Since joining the broadcast in 2004, half of the program's awards have belonged to him.

Pelley has many accomplishments, both for late-breaking news and for in-depth investigations. He was one of the first reporters on the scene in New York City after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and has reported extensively from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

His investigative work includes breaking stories about Pres. Bill Clinton's involvement with Monica Lewinsky. He also received numerous awards for stories about how America discards unwanted electronics.

Personal Information

Scott Pelley was born on July 28, 1957 in San Antonio, Texas. He attended Texas Tech University but did not graduate.

As a native Texan, Pelley has his home state in common with former CBS News anchors Dan Rather and Bob Schieffer.

Pelley is married to Jane Boone Pelley, who once worked as a reporter at KXAS in Dallas/Fort Worth. They have two children, a son and a daughter.

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