Bob Orr


Bob Orr,  CBS News Justice and Homeland Security Correspondent
Bob Orr
CBS News
 Bob Orr is the Justice and Homeland Security correspondent for CBS News.

Orr leads CBS News coverage of international and domestic terror plots and major law enforcement events.  He was a primary contributor to special event broadcasts of major stories including the 2013 bombings of the Boston Marathon, the 2011 death of Osama bin Laden, the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. 

He was also the principal CBS News correspondent covering the capture of Whitey Bulger, the shootings at Fort Hood, the plot to bomb the New York subway, and the attempted bombing of Times Square.  He has reported extensively on al Qaeda and its affiliates and on the terror group's 2009 attempt to strike the United States with an "Underwear Bomb" aboard a Northwest Airlines jet bound for Detroit.

In September, 2001 he contributed scores of live reports to the more than 93 hours of continuous CBS News coverage of the 9/11 attacks.  Orr broke many stories with details of the four hijacked planes.

Prior to assuming the Justice Department beat Orr focused on aviation, space, and domestic security.

He led the Network's coverage of the Columbia shuttle disaster and reported extensively on the Washington, D.C. sniper attacks.  He has broken many important aviation stories, including the finding that a spark likely caused the fuel tank explosion and subsequent crash of TWA flight 800.  In all, Orr has covered more than a dozen major air accidents including American Airlines flight 587 in New York (2001), EgyptAir (1991) and USAir flight 427 near Pittsburgh (1994). His investigative reports on the Pittsburgh accident helped expose a design flaw in the rudder system of the Boeing 737, the world's most widely used airplane.

Orr joined CBS News in July 1993 in Washington as a general assignment correspondent with a focus on Transportation.  He has contributed to all CBS broadcasts, but his work is regularly featured on the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.

Previously, he was a reporter and anchor for WBNS TV, the CBS affiliate in Columbus, Ohio (1978-85 and 1988-93). Orr distinguished himself as a reporter and later helped prison negotiators end the 1993 prison siege in Lucasville, Ohio. He also covered Hurricanes Andrew, Hugo and Gloria and reported on the nationwide coal strikes in 1981 and 1983, the baseball strike of 1994 and the DuPont Plaza Hotel fire in Puerto Rico, in addition to local, state and national politics. Orr worked as a reporter at WCAU TV (1985-88), the then-CBS Owned television station in Philadelphia. He began his career in broadcast journalism at WTRF TV Wheeling, W.V. as a reporter and anchor (1974-78).

Orr is the recipient of three national Emmy awards for his reports on:  the 2002 sniper attacks, the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800 and the 1999 crash of Amtrak's "City of New Orleans" train near Chicago.  He also received a Sigma Delta Chi Award for his reporting on the return of Elian Gonzales to Havana.

In addition to his national Emmy Awards, Orr has received three regional Emmys for his reporting. He also contributed to numerous Associated Press Awards that WBNS TV received as Outstanding News Operation in Ohio. Additionally, Orr was part of the CBS News team which won the 2014 DuPont Silver Baton Award for coverage of the Newtown Tragedy. 

Orr was born on October 21, 1953, in Wheeling, W.V. He graduated cum laude from Bethany College in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications. Orr lives in Fairfax County, Va., with his wife Susie. They have three daughters.


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