Jim Axelrod is the senior national correspondent for CBS News, reporting for the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” and other CBS News broadcasts.
While at CBS News, Axelrod has covered a broad range of domestic and international stories, notably the war in Iraq. In 2003, Axelrod was the first television journalist to report live from Baghdad’s Saddam International Airport immediately after it fell to U.S. troops. His live coverage of the U.S. Army firing artillery rounds into Iraqi positions was the first to be broadcast by a reporter embedded with ground troops engaged in combat in Iraq. Axelrod also covered the departure of U.S. troops from Iraq and was the last reporter to leave with the military in December 2011.
In addition, during his tenure at CBS News, Axelrod has covered the American invasion of Afghanistan, the war and refugee crisis in the Balkans, the hostage crisis in Peru. He also represented CBS News in 2010, when foreign reporters were invited to North Korea for a rare glimpse at that country’s leadership and culture. Axelrod won a George Polk Award in 2016 for his investigative reporting on compounding pharmacy fraud and was a member of the team honored with an Emmy award in 2014 for a “48 Hours” special on the manhunt and capture of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.
Axelrod was a member of the team honored with a 2010 duPont-Columbia Silver Baton for “CBS Reports: Children of the Recession,” the extraordinary multi-platform series about the recession’s devastating effects on children. Additionally, he was also one of the CBS News correspondents who received a 2002 Emmy Award for the “CBS Evening News’” coverage of the Washington, D.C. sniper siege.
Axelrod joined CBS News in 1996 as a Miami-based correspondent and later served in the Dallas Bureau (1997-1999) and New York Bureau (1999-2006). He also served as CBS News’ Chief White House Correspondent (2006-2009) and was named a CBS News National Correspondent in 2009.
Before joining CBS News in 1996, he was a political reporter at WRAL-TV, the CBS affiliate in Raleigh, N.C. (1993-96). Previously, Axelrod was a reporter and producer of the 11:00 PM news for WSTM-TV Syracuse, N.Y. (1990-93), and anchor and reporter at WUTR-TV Utica, N.Y. (1989-90). He began his career at WVII-TV Bangor, Maine in 1989.
Born in New Brunswick, N.J., Axelrod was graduated from Cornell University in 1985 with a bachelor of arts degree in history and from Brown University in 1989 with a master of arts degree in history.
Axelrod is the author of “In The Long Run: A Father, A Son, And Unintentional Lessons In Happiness”, which was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2011.
He and his wife, Christina, live in Montclair, N.J., with their three children.