News National correspondent, Washington, D.C.
Rita Braver was named a CBS News National Correspondent in August 1997. She serves as a senior correspondent in CBS News' new Investigative Unit, contributing to Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel, and the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather. Braver reports "Eye on America" segments for the CBS Evening News, as well as "Cover Stories" for CBS Sunday Morning. She also serves as one of the substitute anchors of Face the Nation, CBS News' Sunday morning public affairs broadcast.
Braver had been CBS News' Chief White House correspondent (1993-97). She covered a broad range of domestic and foreign issues, including health care, crime, welfare reform, the government budget process and international relations. Braver covered Bill Clinton's 1996 Presidential campaign and was a floor reporter at the 1996 Democratic National Convention. Before that, she was CBS News' law correspondent, reporting on the Supreme Court, the Justice Department and the FBI.
Braver has won four Emmy Awards, including one for investigative reporting. She received the Joan Barone Award presented by the Congressional Radio and Television Correspondents Association and the Media Award of the National Association of Women Legislators. She has also been named an Outstanding Mother by the National Mother's Day Committee.
Braver grew up at CBS News, having joined the organization's Washington bureau in 1972 as a news desk editor. She has also been a producer and editor, as well as a reporter, and her work has appeared on virtually every CBS News broadcast. Braver began her career in broadcast journalism as a "copy girl" for WWL-TV, the CBS affiliate in New Orleans.
She was graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in political science.