‘Early Show’ casts anchor

Rodriguez heads to CBS

CBS News tapped local Miami anchor Maggie Rodriguez as half of the new on-air cast for the “Saturday Early Show.”

Rodriguez replaces co-anchor Tracy Smith, who will become a national correspondent for the “Early Show” and for the “Evening News with Katie Couric.”

Rodriguez’s co-anchor will be named later.

Rodriguez was the 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. anchor for CBS affiliate WFOR-TV in Miami. She is married to Telemundo exec Michael Rodriguez, brother of Univision prexy Ray Rodriquez. Maggie Rodriguez was a reporter for Univision in Miami from 1991 to 1994.

Later, she was an anchor of the midday news and of a weekend magazine show at KABC-TV in Los Angeles.

Rodriguez had been part of a rotating cast of fill-in co-anchors on the Saturday edition of the “Early Show,” filling the chair once held by Russ Mitchell, who became news anchor of the weekday “Early Show” in January.

“When I filled in I realized it was the perfect showcase for me,” Rodriguez said. “I still get to do the hard news interviews, which is in my blood and I couldn’t give up, but I felt it’s not as one dimensional as just anchoring the news.”

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