Prior to his work with 48 Hours, Dow was a correspondent for the CBS News magazine Street Stories (1992-93) and has reported for the CBS Evening News With Dan Rather and CBS News Sunday Morning, as well as for the CBS News legal series, "Verdict."
Dow won an Association of Women in Radio and Television Gracie Allen Award in 2001. He has also been honored with a George Foster Peabody Award for his 48 Hours report on runaways and a Robert F. Kennedy Award for a report on public housing. He has received five Emmy Awards, including one for a story on the American troops' move into Bosnia (1996) and one for "distinguished reporting" for his coverage of the Pan Am Flight 103 disaster (1989). He won an RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award, an Operation Push Excellence in Journalism Award and, for a 48 Hours profile of Patti LaBelle, a third-place award from the National Association of Black Journalists.
Dow has been based in New York since 1982, when he was named a co anchor/interviewer on CBS News Nightwatch, the overnight broadcast that premiered in October of that year. He remained on Nightwatch until the end of 1983, when the broadcast relocated to Washington, D.C. Dow had been a correspondent at the CBS News Los Angeles bureau (1977 82) after working as a reporter there (1973 77). He reported on the return of POWs from Vietnam and the kidnapping of Patricia Hearst, with whom he had an exclusive interview in December 1976. He joined CBS in 1972 as a broadcast associate.
Before joining CBS News, Dow had been an anchor reporter at Theta Cable TV in Santa Monica, Calif. He was also a freelance reporter for KCOP TV Los Angeles, a news anchor for WPAT Radio in Paterson, N.J., and a reporter, co-anchor and talk show host for KETV Omaha.
Dow was born in Hackensack, N.J. He attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He and his wife, Kathleen, have three children and live in Upper Saddle River, N.J.