CLEVELAND (AP) — Network anchor Russ Mitchell is leaving CBS News after 20 years to anchor for the NBC television station in Cleveland.

WKYC-TV says Mitchell will be seen on its 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts beginning Jan. 16.

He currently anchors the “CBS Evening News” on Sundays and co-hosts the network’s “The Early Show on Saturday Morning.” In a statement on WKYC’s website, Mitchell calls his new job “a unique opportunity to help create the next generation of local news in a great place.”

Mitchell joined CBS in 1992 and has had various anchoring and reporting assignments with the network. He was among the candidates considered to replace Katie Couric when she stepped down this year as anchor of the weekday “CBS Evening News,” but that job went to Scott Pelley.

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Comments (2)
  1. RJ OGuillory says:

    I had the honor of attending Junior and Senior high school with Russ Mitchell. When I last knew him, Russ was a remarkable guy, with very few pretenses,…just a very normal guy. Congrats on his twenty years at CBS and the exciting new opportunities in Cleveland at NBC!


    RJ O’Guillory
    Webster Groves-The Life of an Insane Family

  2. lula fallin says:

    i am very disheartened and sad about russ’s departure f rom cbs = good morning show; I have watched him for years and think he is the best
    news anchork, reporter and all around man I have ever seen on cbs TV. Cleveland’s gain is certainly our loss. Bless you Mr. Mitchell and know that you will be greatly missed. CBS please get him back!!

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