O'Donnell, who will replace Jeff Glor, will be the network's lead anchor for political coverage of the primaries and election nights and continue as a contributing correspondent for "60 Minutes", the most-watched news broadcast.
"The head of CBS News Susan Zirinsky responded to the rumors by saying: "[Norah's] outstanding reporting, incisive interviews, and dedication to the truth will distinguish the CBS Evening News every night. "Our job is to reveal America to itself through original reporting, strong investigative journalism and powerful political coverage". The CBS Evening News With Norah O'Donnell debuts this summer in NY and moves to its permanent home in Washington, D.C. this fall.
"Norah is one of the leading journalists of our time", said Zirinsky.
"CBS Evening News" also runs third in viewers behind "ABC World News Tonight" and "NBC Nightly News".
King will be joined by Anthony Mason and Tony Dokoupil as co-hosts of "CBS This Morning". "I actually called up her lawyer, Allen Grubman, and I said, 'Allen, she should get what she wants.' And Allen goes, 'What the F do you think I'm doing here?"
With O'Donnell moving to the evening, Gayle King will be at the center of the revamped morning show.
Zirinsky also said the network is discussing opportunities in NY for Jeff Glor, the current anchor of "CBS Evening News".
John Dickerson, now a co-host in the morning, will shift roles to report for "60 Minutes" and contribute to election specials.
"Gayle's game-changing interviews, compassionate storytelling and authenticity make her one of a kind".
Reps for CBS News declined to comment.
Below, we'll take a look at each of the changes coming to CBS This Morning and, by extension, other sections of the CBS News corp.
Get push notifications with news, features and more. Tony Dokoupil is a brilliant writer with a passion for delivering stories that matter. Now, he'll be taking on a new role as a correspondent for the venerable 60 Minutes.
For now, the status quo will be upheld on CBS This Morning, which will revert to its new lineup on Monday, May 20.
The plans for this talent shuffle started to leak out months ago.