Anna Werner joined CBS News as a correspondent in November 2011.
Previously, Werner served as an investigative reporter at CBS stations in Indianapolis (WISH), Houston (KHOU) and San Francisco (KPIX).
As an investigative reporter, 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.
While at KPIX in San Francisco, 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 prestigious Associated Press Bill Stout Award for Excellence in Enterprise News. She received her first national Murrow award while working in Indianapolis, 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 Journalist of the Year by the Consumer Federation of California in 2010 and the Chris Harris Reporter of the Year by the Associated Press Radio and Television Association in 2008 and 2010. She also 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 (including 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 thirty-two regional Emmy awards.
A Chicago area native, Werner graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northern Illinois University.