CBS announced today Rooney will “contribute occasional reports to CBS News broadcasts and platforms.”
Rooney spent 22 years as a correspondent for ABC News. He was among more than 300 staffers laid off during severe cutbacks at the network in early 2010. The West Coast-based Rooney reported from Thailand and Indonesia after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, he spent time in Baghdad covering the Iraqi insurgency and in the fall of 2003, led ABC’s coverage of the wildfires that swept through Southern California. He was also one of the first ABC reporters to arrive in San Francisco after the October 1989 earthquake.
Rooney joined ABC News in 1988 from WBBM-TV in Chicago, where he had been a general assignment reporter since 1985. Rooney will continue reporting for KCET in Los Angeles. Brian Rooney acted as the host at his father’s memorial service in January.