Born: January 7, 1957 in Arlington, Virginia, USA
[on what makes a good anchor] Someone who’s experienced and has credibility. When I came to CBS people said I lacked gravitas, which was frankly an unfair assessment. I had probably done more interview than most of the sitting anchors, and certainly my share of hard-hitting ones. I always said ‘gravitas’ was Latin for ‘testicles’.
[on the role of anchors in frontline battle situations] It’s a very hard balance because there are stories that warrant the anchors being there, but you also have to be cognizant that it is not as window-dressing. You have reporters there, day in and day out, covering a story – and then you have an anchor parachute in. You hope whoever that anchor is brings something to the table.
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