Reena Ninan and Elaine Quijano will anchor CBS News’ evening newscasts on Saturday and Sunday, which are being rebranded as CBS Weekend News starting this weekend.
Jim Axelrod, who has anchored the Saturday edition since 2012, and Jeff Glor, who has anchored Sundays, “remain in important roles in the organization,” CBS News said. Axelrod continues as senior national correspondent and Glor as national correspondent and 60 Minutes Sports contributor.
Ninan and Quijano also anchor for CBSN, the news operation’s 24/7 digital news service, and the changes to the weekend broadcasts reflect those franchise’s closer ties to the streaming news service going forward. The broadcast network’s weekend newscasts routinely suffer frequent pre-emption and special-out-ings, owing to sports and other considerations. This season to date, the Saturday edition has aired in pattern – in time slot and at full length – just 11 times in 31 weeks, the Sunday edition has aired in pattern just four times.
Ninan was named a correspondent for CBS News and an anchor for CBSN, just last month. She will anchor Sunday’s newscast starting next weekend. Ninan joined CBS News after working as co-anchor of ABC News’ World News Now and America This Morning. Before that, she covered the White House for ABC News, where she traveled with President Obama to Asia and with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the Middle East. Prior to ABC News, Ninan spent five years as a Middle East correspondent with Fox News Channel.
Quijano, who will anchor Saturdays, joined CBS News in 2010 and has covered the Boston Marathon bombings, Superstorm Sandy and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Quijano was also part of the CBS News team that received an Alfred I. duPont Award for the network’s coverage of the 2012 Newtown shootings. In 2011, Quijano revealed in a report that the White House did not send presidential condolence letters to the families of service members who committed suicide, after which broadcast President Obama reversed that policy. Prior to joining CBS News, Quijano worked for CNN since 2006, most recently as a Washington, D.C.-based correspondent, covering the Pentagon, White House and Supreme Court.