Scott Pelley Is the Most Famous Reporter You Don’t Know

Kim Conte
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scott pelleyAfter months of rumors, finally we have some confirmation: Scott Pelley will replace Katie Couric as anchor of CBS Evening News.

Though Pelley isn't quite the household name that Couric is (some consider this a good thing), you've definitely seen him in action. As a reporter for 60 Minutes since 2004 and CBS chief White House correspondent, this award-winning journalist has interviewed practically everyone on the planet. Here are some of his most famous moments on air:

-Pelley was the first to report that Monica Lewinsky had become a cooperating witness in the investigation conducted by the Office of the Independent Counsel. During a rather uncomfortable White House press conference, Pelley directly confronted President Bill Clinton about his affair with her.

-Pelley was one of the first reporters to arrive at the World Trade Center Towers on September 11th. No doubt you remember his riveting live reports from Ground Zero as the towers collapsed and during the days after when the search and rescue operations were underway.

-During the economic crisis of 2009, Pelley won an Emmy for his interview with Ben Bernanke -- one of the first interviews ever with a sitting Federal Reserve chairman -- to talk about what went wrong with America's financial system. He interviewed Bernanke again in 2010.

-Pelley interviewed George W. Bush several times during his presidency: He conducted the first interview with Bush after the controversial 2000 election; he landed the only interview with President Bush on the anniversary of 9/11 in 2002; he was allowed to visit Camp David in 2007.

-One of his most intensive interviews was also in 2007 with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Accusing him of being combative with his line of questioning, Ahmadinejad famously interrupted with: "Are you a CIA agent? Is this Abu Ghraib? No, this is Iran and I am president of this country!"

Pelley will take Couric's place Monday, June 6, when the broadcast is renamed CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley.

Do you prefer Pelley to Couric or vice versa?


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