Anna Werner is a CBS News correspondent based in Dallas.
Since joining CBS News in 2011, Werner has traveled across the country, providing original reporting to all CBS News broadcasts and platforms. Her stories have ranged from reporting on Mexican drug cartel "splashdowns" into the Rio Grande River in order to escape law enforcement to the 2013 Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash in San Francisco. Werner also covered the hazing death of a drum major at Florida A&M University and the devastation of Staten Island caused by Hurricane Sandy. Werner was the first network correspondent on the scene in tornado-ravaged Moore, Okla. when her interview with an elderly survivor made national headlines after the woman's missing dog, buried alive, emerged while CBS News' cameras were rolling.
Before joining CBS News, Werner distinguished herself as a nationally recognized investigative reporter at CBS stations in Indianapolis (WISH), Houston (KHOU) and San Francisco (KPIX).
At KHOU, Werner initiated the national investigation of defective Firestone tires on Ford Explorers, breaking a story that resulted in the largest worldwide tire recall in history. After winning duPont and Peabody awards for her Firestone stories, she won both of these awards again, along with a national Murrow award, when she uncovered a pattern of inaccurate DNA analyses by the Houston police crime lab. The stories resulted in a pardon for one wrongfully convicted teenager, the closure of the crime lab, and the re-examination of hundreds of DNA samples.
At KPIX, Werner won her third national Murrow award for her story on I.C.E. deportation practices. That same year, her series, "Unabomber, Evidence Revealed," won the Associated Press Bill Stout Award for Excellence in Enterprise News. She received her first national Murrow award while working at WISH, where her hidden-camera investigation demonstrated serious abuse of developmentally disabled patients at New Castle State Developmental Center, resulting in the closure of the center.
Werner was named the Chris Harris Reporter of the Year by the Associated Press Radio and Television Association in 2008 and 2010 and the Journalist of the Year by the Consumer Federation of California in 2010. She won Emmy awards for best reporter in 2000 and 2001 and again in 2008 and 2009. Werner's coverage has won numerous other awards, including three Society of Professional Journalists awards; three Investigative Reporters and Editors awards -- receiving an IRE Medal in 2012; two Scripps-Howard Jack R. Howard Excellence in Media awards; a Scripps-Howard Roy W. Howard Award for Public Service; a George R. Polk award; a National Headliner award; and a total of 32 Emmy awards.
A Chicago area native, Werner graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northern Illinois University.