Scott Pelley will address graduates at 146th Commencement
Veteran journalist recently named anchor of CBS Evening News
TOWSON, Md. (May 13, 2011)—Veteran journalist Scott Pelley will address the graduates of the College of Fine Arts and Communication on Wednesday, May 25 at 2 p.m. at the Towson Center in what will be Towson University’s 146th Commencement.
He will be introduced by Bill Owens, a TU alumnus and executive editor of 60 Minutes, where Pelley has served as a correspondent since 2004.
For 21 years, Pelley has reported the news for CBS, first as a war correspondent and later as chief White House correspondent for CBS Evening News, where, it was recently announced, he will return in June to succeed Katie Couric as anchor.
In his time at CBS, Pelley has served on assignment in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and the former Yugoslavia, covered numerous presidential campaigns and conducted six presidential interviews.
Before the impeachment of President Bill Clinton by the U.S. House of Representatives in 1998, it was Pelley who broke the news that Monica Lewinsky had become a cooperating witness in the investigation. He was also first to report that President Clinton had been subpoenaed to testify before the grand jury.
Other memorable assignments include such major events as the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, the Branch Davidian siege in Waco, Texas, and the World Trade Center bombing on Sept. 11, when he reported directly from the scene at Ground Zero.
He has received two George Foster Peabody awards, 14 national Emmy awards, five Edward R. Murrow awards, a George Polk Award and a Loeb Award, as well as honors from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Writers Guild of America.