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Carter Evans Named CBS News Correspondent

CBS News has named Carter Evans a correspondent, based in Los Angeles. he had been working in a freelance capacity for CBS News and KCBS in recent months, but now the network is bringing him on full-time. He made national news by being the only reporter at the scene of the shootout between police and fugitive cop Christopher Dorner. TVSpy has more on what happened.

“By now the world knows about Carter’s recent coup on the Christopher Dorner story,” wrote CBS News president David Rhodes in an email to staff this afternoon. “With producer Chris Weicher and cameraman Javier Gomez, Carter was the only reporter on the scene near Big Bear Lake when authorities closed in on Dorner after a tense manhunt. He continues to work the story today.”

Evans is a former correspondent for CNN, and his wife, Courtney Friel, is a former Fox News and KTTV Los Angeles correspondent.

Rhodes’ full memo to staff is below.

From: Rhodes, David
Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 5:12 PM
To: @CND News
Subject: Carter Evans

Carter Evans is now a full-time CBS News Correspondent in the Los Angeles bureau.

By now the world knows about Carter’s recent coup on the Christopher Dorner story. With producer Chris Weicher and cameraman Javier Gomez, Carter was the only reporter on the scene near Big Bear Lake when authorities closed in on Dorner after a tense manhunt. He continues to work the story today.

We’ve been fortunate to have Carter helping out in the Los Angeles bureau in recent months. He has spent time working with KCBS so he knows the territory well. I ran into Carter in the bureau the Sunday before Thanksgiving—he always seems to be working when no one else is around.

Some of that is because we’ve never taken more news coverage from the west coast than we do now. Carter joins Eleanore Vega and a great group of correspondents including John Blackstone, Lee Cowan, Ben Tracy, and Bill Whitaker, plus Teresa Garcia and Bigad Shaban at NewsPath.

Welcome Carter—and good luck.

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