Last Updated Aug 30, 2016 11:11 AM EDT
Anthony Mason is the co-host of “CBS This Morning: Saturday” and a senior national correspondent for CBS News. He is also a frequent contributor of cultural stories to “CBS News Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood”. Mason has spent more than 30 years as a television journalist. In a quarter century as a correspondent for CBS News, he has reported from more than 30 countries and won seven Emmy Awards.
Mason joined CBS News in 1986. He was assigned to the London Bureau from 1987-1990 and traveled extensively, reporting for all CBS News broadcasts. He went into Afghanistan with the Mujahideen guerillas to cover the Soviet pullout; reported from Pakistan on the assassination of General Zia ul Haq and the rise of Benazir Bhutto; and went to the front lines in the Iran-Iraq war to witness Saddam Hussein’s use of chemical weapons on the Kurds. He also covered the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
In 1989, Mason was the first journalist to report on the exodus of East German refugees through Hungary as the Iron Curtain began to crack. He followed the story to Czechoslovakia and Poland as their communist governments collapsed. Mason’s work on the story won him the prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Journalism Award presented to CBS News for its coverage of Eastern Europe.
From 1991 to 1993, Mason was CBS News’ Chief Moscow Correspondent, where he reported on the coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev in August 1991, the rise of Boris Yeltsin and the demise of the Soviet Union, coverage which won him an Emmy Award.
Mason was named CBS News’ Business Correspondent in 1998. His series, “Life and Debt in America,” which aired on the “CBS Evening News” in early 2008, underscored some of the problems that ultimately led to the financial crisis and won him another Emmy. At the end of 2008, the business website Marketwatch.com named him the “Broadcast Journalist of the Year.” Marketwatch.com’s media critic wrote that Mason “personified a dying art in the media today: explanatory journalism. Night after night, Mason took pains to help his viewers understand what was unfolding on Wall Street and in Washington - and, most important, why they should care.”
Mason hosts the annual “Money Issue” for ”CBS News Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood” in addition to serving as a regular contributor. He has profiled politicians (Bill Clinton), business leaders (Henry Paulson), and musicians (Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney and Keith Richards.) His series on crime writers - he profiled more than 40 of them over a decade - won the Raven award from the Mystery Writers of America.
For the past decade, Mason has also been involved in election coverage for CBS News, providing exit poll analysis during the primaries and on election night.
Prior to joining CBS News, Mason worked at KJRH-TV in Tulsa, Okla.; WCAU in Philadelphia; and WCBS-TV in New York City. Mason was born in New York City and is a graduate of St. George’s School and Georgetown University (B.A. 1980). He and his wife, Christina, have three children and live in Westchester County, N.Y.
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