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Rick Jackson was named a co-anchor of Up To The Minute, CBS News' overnight broadcast, in April 1995. Since then, he has covered the 1996 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, interviewed Shannon Lucid and the crew of the space shuttle Discovery, among a variety of assignments.
Jackson joined CBS News from WCNC-TV Charlotte, North Carolina, where he had been anchor for the 5:00 PM, 6:00 PM, and 11:00 PM newscasts. He joined the station in 1986 and held various positions, including weekend anchor and featured live 11:00 PM reporter. While at WCNC-TV, he covered the 1988 Republican National Convention in New Orleans, Hurricane Hugo in 1989, the 1989 inauguration of George Bush, the crashes of USAir Flight 1016 in Charlotte and USAir Flight 427 in Pittsburgh, and the PTL/Jim Baker scandal.
Earlier in his career, Jackson was a reporter and substitute morning news anchor for WKYC-TV Cleveland. He also was a reporter and weekend anchor for WREG-TV, the CBS affiliate in Memphis. He was a reporter and weekend anchor for WTRF-TV, the CBS affiliate in Wheeling, West Virginia from 1979 to 1983 after working as a reporter and midday anchor for WKEE-TV in Huntington, West Virginia.
He received a Women in Communications award for sensitivity in reporting women's issues and an Emmy award for Best Newscast, Southeast Region, at WCNC-TV, and two Associated Press awards for spot news reporting at WTRF-TV.
Jackson was born on December 3, 1956 in Pittsburgh. He was graduated in 1978 from Bethany College in West Virginia with a BA in journalism and communications.