Jeff Pegues is CBS News' chief national affairs and justice correspondent based in Washington, D.C. He joined CBS News in July 2013 and reports for all CBS News broadcasts and platforms including CBS Mornings and the CBS Evening News with Norah O'Donnell. Pegues is also the host of the CBS News podcast "America: Changed Forever" available on all podcast platforms.
Since joining CBS News, Pegues has led the Network's coverage of some of the biggest stories of the last decade. Pegues has also become one of the preeminent journalists on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. His latest book, "Kompromat: How Russia Undermined American Democracy," investigates how Russian President Vladimir Putin's hackers poked into U.S. voter databases and what is happening now to shore up election systems in states across the country.
Pegues has provided extensive reporting on the conflict between the Black community and police, including recent police actions and Justice Department investigations in Baltimore and Ferguson, Mo., and has authored a book on the issue, "Black and Blue: Inside the Divide Between Police and the Black Community." He was among the first network correspondents on the scene in Minneapolis, Minn., within hours of George Floyd's death. Since then, Pegues covered the unrest and social justice protests that followed in cities across the United States. He also reported live for CBS News from the Capitol grounds as rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Pegues is the recipient of three Emmy Awards, numerous local and national Emmy Award nominations, the Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, and in 2017 was part of the CBS News team that earned an Edward R. Murrow Award.
Pegues has more than two decades of reporting experience that includes various presidential elections, natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy, active shooter events and terrorist attacks. Prior to joining CBS News Pegues spent nearly 10 years at WABC-TV in New York. Previously, Pegues was a weekday anchor and reporter at WBAL in Baltimore. He also anchored the top-rated evening newscasts at WSVN in Miami in the late 1990s.
Pegues is a proud graduate of Miami University of Ohio where he was a scholarship football player and starting wide receiver in the early 1990s. In January 2020, he was named to the Miami University Board of Trustees. Pegues went to high school in Westport, Conn,. where he was an All-State sprinter and All-Conference running back on the football team. Prior to moving to Connecticut, Pegues lived overseas in France, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Zaire and the Philippines.
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