Television journalist best known as anchor for CBS's The Early Show and CBS Evening News. In 1997, he won an Emmy for his coverage of the crash of TWA's Flight 800.
He operated a switchboard at KTVI while still in high school.
He received the National Association of Black Journalists Award in 1995.
He was married to Erica Townsend from 1987 to 2000. In 2006, he married Karina Mahtani.
He filled in for anchor Harry Smith on CBS This Morning.