Why is Jeff Glor Leaving CBS Evening News? Glor Signing Off Tonight With Final Broadcast; Norah O'Donnell Starts This Summer

Jeff Glor, the face of "CBS Evening News" since late 2017, is leaving the newscast for good tonight. When Glor signs off this evening on Friday, May 10, 2019, it will be his final broadcast. Norah O'Donnell will take over as anchor but not until later this summer.

Why is Glor leaving the CBS Evening News?

CBS News division president Susan Zirinsky reportedly decided to replace the Glor with former CBS This Morning host O'Donnell and Glor apparently decided he wasn't hanging around until the job is hers this summer.

"Quick announcement—Friday will be my last day doing the show," Glor reportedly told colleagues this week, according to the Daily Beast. "Lots of transitions are happening and so in order to let everyone do that, I think it is best for me to not be anchoring. So let's make these last three shows the best. I love you."

Glor said at the end of his broadcast on Monday that he still has meaningful work to do.

"I'd like to think we're all guided by something bigger than one moment and one broadcast," Glor said. "I have always wanted to do work that matters and still do. That is something that will never change. I have family, friends and, in the future, far more to share with you. It will be great, I promise."

Glor reportedly has more than a year left on his contract but it isn't clear what his role will or will not be at the network following his departure from the CBS Evening News. And even though she decided to replace Glor on the CBS Evening News Zirinsky apparently still wants him in the organization's future.

"We are discussing opportunities for Jeff to remain with CBS News and continue providing the same substantive, trusted reporting that he has been offering for the past 12 years," she said in a release.

Without a regular anchor until O'Donnell arrives, CBS will use a rotating collection of anchors, according to a report from Variety. John Dickerson will be among those at CBS to share the duties.

Not long after O'Donnell arrives the "CBS Evening News" will move its broadcast location to Washington, to get its anchor closer to political action since she is a former White House correspondent.

CBS is also revamping its "CBS This Morning" program, delivering a new team including Gayle King, Anthony Mason and Tony Dokoupil.

Glor took the anchor seat at CBS at the age of 42 -- younger than is typical for evening news anchors at major networks. Before arriving at the network in 2007 Glor reportedly "proved" himself at local stations in Syracuse and Boston. Variety said Glor got the anchor job in part because he "had developed a reputation for reporting and producing what one staffer called 'beautiful' pieces about topics ranging from the national debt to an exhibit about Auschwitz concentration camps on display at the Museum of Jewish Heritage."

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