Owens began his career as an intern for CBS News in 1988 and has held a variety of positions and shows at the network, from "CBS Morning News" to the "Evening News" to "60 Minutes." In a press statement released by CBS today, Hartman had this to say about Owens: "Bill is one of the brightest behind-the-scenes stars at CBS News – a great reporter and producer with real range. He's as hard-nosed a hard-news guy as we have, but he also has a great storyteller's touch."
In an e-mail to "Evening News" staff, Hartman announced that current Senior Broadcast Producer Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews will be leaving the broadcast but has "generously agreed to remain" for a transition period. "We all owe Ingrid a debt of gratitude for her fine work over the years, and I am especially thankful for her help and guidance during this time of change," Hartman wrote. Senior Producers Reid Collins, Chris Dinan and Jim McGlinchy (DC) will remain on the broadcast while Senior Producer Susan Bean will be leaving.