Cecilia Vega leaves ABC News to join CBS and ’60 Minutes’

Cecilia Vega, White House correspondent and ABC News weekend anchor, joins CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes.”

CBS News announced Thursday that Vega will serve as a correspondent for the venerable franchise, the most-watched news program on television. Openings for full-time roles on “60 Minutes” are rare and remain the most coveted positions in the television news business.

“This is a dream come true,” Vega said in a statement. “I am beyond honored to join the ranks of this legendary program and to work alongside the best reporters in journalism.”

Vega will be the first Latino correspondent for the show in its 55-year history.

“60 Minutes” made the top 10 in the weekly Nielsen ratings 17 times in the 2022-23 television season, averaging 9.6 million viewers.

Vega, 46, served as an anchor for the Saturday edition of “ABC World News” in addition to her duties covering the White House. She will remain based in Washington.

A veteran political journalist, Vega led ABC’s coverage of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. Vega played a prominent role in ABC News’ coverage of the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vega joined ABC News in 2011 as a Los Angeles correspondent.

A native of San Francisco, Vega was a reporter at KGO, that city’s ABC station. He started out as a print reporter and most recently worked at the San Francisco Chronicle.

Vega will join “60 Minutes,” joining a lineup of correspondents that includes Bill Whitaker, Scott Pelley, Lesley Stahl, Sharyn Alfonsi, L. Jon Wertheim and Anderson Cooper.

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