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OUR PARTING SHOT

On the Hot Seat WRITTEN BY DAVE MUSCARI PHOTO BY DAVID WOO

It takes a Texan to understand the Texas mindset. That’s probably why CBS News sent anchor Scott Pelley to AT&T Stadium in October to sit down with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Photographer David Woo, a Pulitzer winner, caught the two men on camera while preparing for an interview on the network’s evening newscast. Pelley is a Texas native, born in San Antonio and raised in Lubbock, where he began his journalism career in his teens at a local newspaper, later working at a local television station. He also has deep roots in DFW. Pelley worked as a reporter at KXAS and then for a number of years at WFAA, where his reputation

grew. In 1989, he joined CBS News in New York City and later as a Dallas bureau correspondent. After years on the road, he was named the network’s chief White House correspondent in 1997. He gained notoriety for his hardball questioning during interviews, gritty reporting from war zones throughout the Middle East and in far-flung locations such as Antarctica. While a correspondent, he also worked on 60 Minutes and 60 Minutes II. In 2000, he landed the first interview with the new Presidentelect, George W. Bush. Three years later, while working with 60 Minutes, Pelley and his colleagues broke the news of a second invasion of Iraq.

On June 6, 2011, Pelley became anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News, succeeding Katie Couric. He has been recognized with nearly every major industry accolade for his work, including three George Foster Peabody Awards, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton, 18 national Emmy Awards and five Edward R. Murrow Awards.

A Dallas-based television executive and writer, Dave Muscari is editor at large for Dallas Hotel Magazine. If you have a special Dallas experience or story to share, we would be pleased to read it, and consider printing it as a Parting Shot in the magazine. Email your story to our publisher, Pete Northway at pete@dallashotelmagazine.com. 72

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