May 5, 2011
Scott Pelley has been tapped to replace Katie Couric as anchor of CBS Evening News. He follows in the footsteps of not only Couric, who announced her departure after five years at the network on April 26, but also Dan Rather, Walter Cronkite and Douglas Edwards.
Here are five facts about Pelley:
1. He started his career at age 15. Pelley grew up in Lubbock, Texas, and got his start in journalism at the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. The paper had a policy of not hiring employees under age 16, so Pelley lied about his age, according to the Texas Tech College of Mass Communications alumni magazine. He also had his mom drop him off two blocks away from the newspaper office's so none of his co-workers -- or bosses -- could see that he couldn't drive.