Norah O'Donnell named "CBS This Morning" co-host

Norah O'Donnell, Chief White House correspondent
Norah O'Donnell

CBS News chief White House correspondent Norah O'Donnell has been named co-host of "CBS This Morning," it was announced by CBS News Chairman and "60 Minutes" Executive Producer Jeff Fager and CBS News President David Rhodes.

O'Donnell will join co-hosts Charlie Rose and Gayle King beginning this fall.

"This is a very exciting development for our morning program and for all of CBS News," Fager said. "Norah is an accomplished reporter with all the skills for the job. She's a hard worker who knows her story and, as she has shown time after time at the White House, she can think on her feet on live television."

"Norah thrives on the kind of original reporting and newsmaker interviews that are the hallmark of CBS News and "CBS This Morning," said Rhodes. "She is the perfect addition to the best morning news program on television."

"Norah has earned the respect of global newsmakers as a tough but fair reporter," said Chris Licht, vice president, programming, CBS News, and executive producer, "CBS This Morning." "Adding her to the team is part of our ongoing process of improving and building on the solid foundation that already exists at "CBS This Morning."

Erica Hill, who has served as a co-host of "CBS This Morning" and helped with its successful launch, is in discussions regarding a new role.

O'Donnell has been CBS News' chief White House correspondent since June 2011. She will leave the White House to assume her new role. O'Donnell will continue as the principal substitute anchor for "Face the Nation" and will continue to report for all CBS News broadcasts and platforms.

Before joining CBS News, O'Donnell was the chief Washington correspondent for MSNBC and a contributing correspondent for NBC's "Today." She joined NBC News in 1999. Earlier in her career, O'Donnell was a staff reporter for the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call.