Bob Schieffer broke some news during his annualSchieffer Symposium on the News at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth on Wednesday -- he revealed that longtime NBC journalist Jane Pauleywill join CBS News Sunday Morning as a contributor.
"She is reinventing herself and is coming to work at CBS News," Schieffer, the network's chief Washington correspondent, told the crowd at the event, which streamed online. Pauley was at his side as he made the announcement. "We couldn't be happier."
"Bob (Woodward of The Washington Post, another symposium panelist) has been tormenting me that I have defected after 40 years," Pauley said. But she pointed out that she began her career as a news anchor at a CBS affiliate in Indianapolis in 1972, and "I've kind of come back home."
Pauley was part of a panel that included Schieffer, Woodward, columnist Peggy Noonan of The Wall Street Journal and CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley.
Pauley, 63, has spent much of her TV career with NBC, including 13 years as co-host of Today (1976-1989).
In January, she released her latest book, Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life (Simon & Schuster, 253 pages, $26). In February, she talked with USA TODAY about what the future might hold for her.
"I'm confident there will be something," Pauley said. "What I do know is, the fact that I don't have a clear Plan B or a second or third or fourth act in mind doesn't mean there isn't going to be one."