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Norah O’Donnell speaks with 12 News about new CBS Evening News position

(WBNG) — CBS Evening News is getting ready to welcome Norah O’Donnell and 12 News was able to get a preview of what to expect.

Norah O’Donnell is coming from her position on the CBS This Morning show.

“I’m humbled by the opportunity and honored to be anchoring such a legacy newscast, a broadcast that was anchored by Walter Cronkite for more than two decades and he was known as the most trusted voice in news and we want to continue that legacy with the CBS Evening News,” said O’Donnell when speaking to WBNG. “We need it now more than ever.”

In addition to her new role as anchor and managing editor, O’Donnell will be the Network’s lead anchor for political coverage of the primaries and election night. O’Donnell is the former Chief White House Correspondent for CBS News and says she is looking forward to covering the upcoming 2020 presidential election.

“What we’re going to do in the CBS Evening News is cover the issues and try to help everybody understand these complex policy proposals that these candidates are promising as they try to garner votes,” said O’Donnell.

While O’Donnell says she couldn’t reveal too much about what to expect for the newscast, she says her team will be doing a lot of travelling to cover breaking news and many other topics.

“As journalists, we believe the best way to cover a story is get as close to it as we can and so the CBS Evening News is going to travel around the country when there’s breaking news and also other big stories to cover,” said O’Donnell.

Norah O’Donnell’s debut on the CBS Evening News will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 15.

You can catch her every night from then after 12 News at 6.

Anne Sparaco

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