Before that, she served as co-anchor of The Early Show (1999-2002). Clayson anchored coverage of major news events, including the Sept. 11 attacks; reports on the new millennium, live from Sydney, Australia; the New Hampshire political primary; the Republican National Convention; President Bush's Inauguration; and the first anniversary of the Columbine tragedy.
Clayson has interviewed many prominent newsmakers, including President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, former Vice President Al Gore, Secretary of State Colin Powell, former Secretary of State Madeline Albright and President Vicente Fox of Mexico.
She was previously a correspondent for ABC News in Los Angeles, where she reported for "World News Tonight" and other broadcasts (1997-99). Clayson covered the NATO strikes against Kosovo and the refugee crisis in Macedonia, the Indonesian riots and subsequent fall of the Suharto government, Bob Dole's 1996 presidential campaign, the crash of the 747 in Guam and the O.J. Simpson civil trial, among many stories. She reported for NewsOne (1996-97), ABC's affiliate news service, on such events as the Atlanta Olympic Park bombing and the crash of TWA Flight 800.
Clayson was an anchor and reporter for KSL-TV Salt Lake City (1990-96). While there, she twice traveled to China to write and produce an award-winning news series and documentary for the station.
She has received numerous journalism awards, including the Radio and Television News Directors of America's Edward R. Murrow Award, an Emmy Award and several Society of Professional Journalists Awards.
Clayson was born on April 25, 1967. She grew up in several U.S. cities, ultimately settling with her family in Sacramento, Calif. She was graduated from Brigham Young University in 1990 with a degree in journalism.