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‘Evening News’ Director Eric Shapiro Retires After 51 Years at CBS

Eric Shapiro and Jeff FagerVeteran CBS News director Eric Shapiro will direct his last “Evening News” broadcast tonight — 51 years to the day after he first joined the network as a mail room employee.

CBS News staffers gathered for a champagne toast honoring Shapiro after “Evening News” Thursday night. CBS News chairman Jeff Fager and “Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley were on hand to praise the veteran director, who has worked with every anchor since Walter Cronkite and has directed all of the network’s political coverage since 1992.

“I can’t possibly have had a more exciting and gratifying career. I have been to some amazing places and have met many fascinating people along the way. I have witnessed first-hand television news’s coming of age (along with my own!),” Shapiro wrote in a goodbye note to CBS staffers. “But the most satisfying part for me has been the honor and privilege of working with all of you…the most talented and professional journalists, broadcasters and craftspeople in our industry.”

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Veteran CBS News Director Eric Shapiro Receives DGA Lifetime Achievement Award

Longtime CBS News director Eric Shapiro was honored with the Director’s Guild of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award in News Direction over the weekend at the DGA Awards in Los Angeles. Shapiro, who is currently the director of “CBS Evening News,” joined CBS in 1963 as a mailroom messenger and will celebrate his 50th anniversary with the network late this month.

Scott Pelley took a moment out of “CBS Evening News” yesterday to congratulate Shapiro. “Eric, we could not be prouder of you,” Pelley said. Watch:

The Ticker: Champion, Shapiro, Williams

  • Veteran CBS News director Eric Shapiro will receive the DGA Lifetime Achievement award in February. Shapiro, who has been with CBS News since 1978, has been behind the look and design of most CBS News programs including “Sunday Morning,” “Face the Nation,” “48 Hours,” and “Evening News.”

  • PageSix reports Brian Williams may be distancing himself from “Rock Center” and that other anchors may soon start filling in. But a source close to the show said, “Brian is and remains the anchor. His name stays in the title — [there are] no other anchors.” The show moves to its new Friday timeslot in February.

Cronkite-Inspired Set for Scott Pelley’s First ‘Evening News’

If you watched Scott Pelley‘s debut on tonight’s CBS Evening News you might have noticed a new world map as part of the set. It turns out the map is a replica of the one used on Walter Cronkite‘s Evening News. CBS News directors Robert Klug and Eric Shapiro talk about how they are embarking on the future of CBS News while giving a nod to the past.

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