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Former CBS News Correspondent Jan Petersen Dies At 63

Former CBS News foreign correspondent Jan Petersen has died at age 63, after an eight-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. CBS News has more on her life in an obituary posted to CBSNews.com.

Petersen–then using her maiden name Jan Chorlton–began her career at KIRO in Seattle, and would go on to work for CNN, ABC News and CBS News, where she met her husband, CBS News correspondent Barry Petersen.

Petersen’s struggle with the disease was chronicled by her husband in his book Jan’s Story: Love Lost to the Long Goodbye of Alzheimer’s. You can hear an interview we conducted with Barry Petersen here, and watch the report he filed for “CBS Sunday Morning” after the jump.
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CBS News Election Night Plans

“CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley will lead CBS’ election night coverage next week. CBS coverage will run from 7 PM-2AM, and will utilize eight studios in the CBS Broadcast Center in New York, including Studio 57, the newest studio and the home of “CBS This Morning.”

Joining Pelley will be “Face the Nation” moderator Bob Schieffer, “CBS This Morning” co-anchor Norah O’Donnell and CBS news political director John Dickerson. In addition, Byron Pitts will report from the “60 Minutes” studio, where he will “use virtual reality models of the House and Senate to explain the impact key races.” Anthony Mason will be in Studio 57, where he will report on exit polls using “augmented reality” graphics.

Jan Crawford will be at Romney HQ in Boston, with Nancy Cordes in Obama HQ in Chicago. In the field Dean Reynolds will report from Ohio, Anna Werner will report from Nevada, Elaine Quijano will report from Florida, Barry Petersen will report from Colorado and Wyatt Andrews will report from Virginia.

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CBS’ Barry Peterson Comes Under Fire From Gadhaffi Loyalists in Libya

Libyan rebels may control Libya’s capital city of Tripoli, but that does not mean that forces loyal to Moammar Gadhaffi are not a significant presence in the nation.

CBS News correspondent Barry Petersen traveled outside of the capital to an area that was supposedly controlled buy the rebels. instead, he found a building with green flags flown by Gadhaffi loyalists… and an armed man who took his crew’s video at gunpoint, before firing some rounds at their van:

CBS Reports on Violence Against Mexican Journalists

Correspondent Barry Petersen filed this story from Juarez, Mexico for last night’s “CBS Evening News.” In it, he details how Mexican cameramen and other television journalists are finding themselves in grave danger after being targeted by major drug cartels.

CBS’ Barry Petersen Brings Very Personal ‘Jan’s Story’ to the Air

CBS News correspondent Barry Petersen released his book, Jan’s Story: Love Lost to the Long Goodbye of Alzheimer’s, in stores last week. It tells the story of his wife, a former television journalist herself who had been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s five years ago, and Petersen’s struggle to cope with the disease.

Over the weekend, Petersen filed a touching, emotional report on “Sunday Morning” where he sat down with experts, caretakers, and Jan, who now refers to him in the third person.

The text version of Petersen’s segment has been the top story on CBSNews.com all morning.

Peterson also appeared earlier today on CNN, one of his wife’s former networks, to discuss the book with John Roberts on “American Morning.” Roberts recounted how his mother had recently died from Alzheimer’s in March. Video after the jump.

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CBS News’ Petersen on Alzheimer’s

Petersen060310.jpg In an emotionally powerful piece, the Denver Post‘s William Porter speaks to CBS News correspondent Barry Petersen about his book Jan’s Story: Love Lost to the Long Goodbye of Alzheimer’s.

Jan is Petersen’s wife, and in 2005 she was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s (also referred to as early-onset Alzheimer’s). She was a CBS News journalist herself, who had reported from Japan and the USSR for the network and CBS Radio.

Petersen recalls the struggle of seeing his wife’s memories lapse, and the pain of placing her in an assisted living facility.

“She remembers the idea of me and that I’m someone important in her life, but she doesn’t remember me,” Petersen told Porter.

He also talks about meeting someone new, a widow named Mary Nell.

“I know some people will condemn me for it, but the person I was married to doesn’t know me now,” he said. “It’s excruciating, but life goes on. It must.”

Petersen visits Jan two or three times a month, usually with Mary Nell. “We’re like a family of three, because Mary Nell also has become a caregiver,” Petersen said. The visits are hard.

Petersen’s book chronicling the experience of his family will be released June 15.

Marsha Cooke Named Asia Bureau Chief for CBS News

Marsha Cooke has been named Asia Bureau Chief for CBS News. Cooke has been working in Tokyo and Beijing since April 2006 alongside correspondent Barry Petersen. She’s been with CBS News since 1993, getting her start in the Los Angeles bureau and eventually producing for the “CBS Evening News with Dan Rather”.

Cooke was recently honored with a Gracie Award for her series of reports on the devastating earthquake in China.