11/18/2012 11:48 am ET Updated Jan 18, 2013

Major Garrett Named CBS Chief White House Correspondent

Major Garrett, the former veteran Fox News White House reporter, has become the new chief White House correspondent for CBS News, the network announced Sunday morning.

Bob Schieffer made the announcement on Sunday's "Face The Nation." The position had been left vacant since Norah O'Donnell became a host on "CBS This Morning." Garrett had been a frequent contributor to CBS' 2012 coverage.

Garret was a longtime White House correspondent for Fox News -- where he became known as one of its more evenhanded reporters -- until he left the network in 2010, moving to National Journal. Schieffer said he will continue to write a column for the magazine.

Below, read the memo from CBS News president David Rhodes, which was obtained by HuffPost's Michael Calderone.

Jeff Fager and I are pleased to announce that Major Garrett is joining CBS News full time as Chief White House Correspondent.

Many of you have gotten to know Major over the course of Campaign 2012, beginning with our South Carolina debate last year, at the conventions, and right up through our coverage of Bob Schieffer's general election debate in Boca Raton.

Major is a tireless reporter and strong writer who will be a tremendous addition to our Washington bureau. He'll be on board beginning after the Thanksgiving holiday, joining Bill Plante, Mark Knoller, and Peter Maer on the beat next Sunday the 25th.

Nancy Cordes has come over from Capitol Hill to do terrific work at the White House since Norah O'Donnell transitioned to CBS This Morning in August. When you cover Congress it's an endless campaign, and so it has been for Nancy covering President Obama through the general election season all the way up through Election Night in Chicago.

We want to thank Nancy for all those long days on the campaign trail as she returns to the Hill just in time to cover the Fiscal Cliff debate and other huge challenges for all our platforms.

As you know, Major's work with CBS News this past year has come within the framework of a partnership between the news division and National Journal. Even as he joins CBS, that partnership continues, and he will contribute to National Journal as a Correspondent at Large.

Prior to National Journal, Major was the Chief White House Correspondent for Fox News. During his eight years at Fox, Garrett also covered two presidential elections, Congress, the war in Iraq, and other major stories. Before joining Fox News, Garrett was a White House Correspondent for CNN during two administrations. His credits prior to CNN include covering Congress for U.S. News and World Report and for the Washington Times, and general reporting for The Houston Post, Las Vegas Review-Journal, and Amarillo Globe-News.

Please join me, Jeff, and Chris Isham in welcoming Major to CBS News, and in thanking Nancy Cordes for her work at the White House as she returns to Capitol Hill.



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