Scott Pelley Biography
Scott Pelley is an American 42-time Emmy award-winning correspondent, producer, reporter, and anchor working for CBS News. He joined the network in 1989 as a reporter.
Scott Pelley Education
Pelley attended Coronado High School in Lubbock, Texas where he earned his Diploma in General Education. From there, he attended journalism school at Texas Tech University where he majored in journalism.
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During the pandemic, he provided timely stories focusing on treatments and the impact of the deadly virus. He covered the 2020 election where his efforts were to secure the vote amid false allegations of fraud and a report on security for the inauguration of President-elect Biden. Pelley interviewed former President Barack Obama and conducted other newsmaking interviews with Egyptian dictator Abdel Fatta el-Sisi, Fed Chair Jerome Powell, and former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe.
In addition to that, he reported on surgeons saving lives in hospitals bombed by the Syrian government, war and famine, and interviewing King Abdullah II of Jordan. He also reported from Paris on the city’s terror attacks that made 60 Minutes air less than 48 hours after the event and the shooting attack at an Ohio school featuring a hero teacher. Pelley reported on controversial baseball star Alex Rodriguez and on over 800 were sickened and 64 people died of meningitis found in their medication and interviewed a whistleblower from the company where the tainted medicine was manufactured. He also covered the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Throughout his career, he has covered multiple impacting stories including the chief electronics technician on the BP Deepwater Horizon who survived the explosion that caused the Gulf oil spill (Mike Williams), homeless children living in a car that also raised awareness, and then millions of dollars for a local charity, and also interviewed a retired Navy SEAL who helped kill Osama bin Laden was the first public account of the raid, a former CIA Director George Tenet broke his silence about 9/11, and a Marine Corps sergeant who led a squad accused of killing 22 civilians in Iraq.
Scott Pelley Interviews
He has interviewed President Barack Obama on several occasions including in Rome after President Obama’s first meeting with Pope Francis and during pre-game coverage of Super Bowl XLVII, CBS Sports’ live. Pelley also interviewed Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, President George W. Bush, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta aboard the jet nicknamed the “Doomsday Plane,” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Justice John Paul Stevens, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Scott Pelley Career
Pelley serves the network as a correspondent based in New York reporting stories for 60 Minutes since 2004. During the Persian Gulf crisis in 1990, he was assigned for a year to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. He broadcast live during Iraqi missile attacks on Saudi Arabia and covered Baghdad. From there, he was based in Dallas.
While there, he covered the Branch Davidian siege, the trial of Timothy McVeigh, and the Oklahoma City bombing. In addition to that, he reported on NASA’s shuttle missions, Hurricanes Andrew and Hugo, the Los Angeles Northridge earthquake, and the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.
In 1977, he was named CBS News Chief White House Correspondent. He broke many more stories than anyone while covering the Clinton White House. Pelley reported that Monica Lewinsky had become a cooperating witness in the investigation conducted by the Office of the Independent Counsel and that President Clinton had been subpoenaed to testify before the grand jury, as the first one to report. He also reported on the impeachment of President Clinton.
Prior to joining the CBS News team, he was a correspondent for “60 Minutes II.” From 2011 to 2017, he served as anchor of the CBS Evening News. He also worked for WFAA-TV Dallas/Fort Worth from 1982 to 1989, KXAS-TV Dallas/Fort Worth from 1978 to 1981, and KSEL-TV Lubbock, Texas from 1975 to 1978 as a reporter and producer. His journalism career began at the age of 15 at the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal newspaper working as a copyboy.
Scott Pelley Age
Pelley is 65 years old as of 2022. He was born (Scott Cameron Pelley) on July 28, 1957, in San Antonio, Texas, United States. Pelley celebrates his birthday on the 28th of July every year.
Scott Pelley Height
Pelley stands at an approximate height of 5 feet 10 inches.
Scott Pelley Family
Pelley was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas by his mother Wanda Graves Pelley, and his father John Elmer Pelley.
Scott Pelley Wife
Pelley is married to his better half Jane Boone Pelley. The two tied the knot in 1983. Jane is a former television reporter and advertising executive. The couple is proud to have two children, Reece Pelley and Blair Pelley.
Scott Pelley Net Worth
Pelley has an estimated net worth ranging between $1 Million – $5 Million which he has earned from his successful career as a correspondent, producer, reporter, and anchor.
Scott Pelley Salary
Pelley earns an annual salary ranging between $40,000 – $ 110,500.
Throughout his career, he has won many awards and honors including 42 Emmys for fieldwork, the Paul White Award, the RTDNA’s highest honor, a George Polk award, four Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Silver Batons, three George Foster Peabody awards, eight Edward R. Murrow awards, and honors from the Writers Guild of America, the Overseas Press Club of America, Investigative Reporters, and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Apart from his journalism career, he is also an author. He is the author of a new memoir, “Truth Worth Telling: A Reporter’s Search for Meaning in the Stories of Our Times” published in 2019.
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Pelley works at CBS News where he works alongside other famous CBS News anchors, reporters, meteorologists, and sports anchors including;
- John Dickerson
- Seth Doane
- Tony Dokoupil
- Jericka Duncan
- Vladimir Duthiers
- Carter Evans
- Pamela Falk
- Major Garrett
- Jeff Glor
- Catherine Herridge
- Caitlin Huey-Burns
- Ramy Inocencio
- Dana Jacobson
- Gayle King
- Ian Lee
- Lilia Luciano
- Michelle Miller
- Erin Moriarty
- Ed O’Keefe
- Meg Oliver