CBS news vet will retire

McNamara to leave at the end of June

Another veteran of CBS News’ “Tiffany Network” era is set to retire.

Thirty-year news veteran Bob McNamara will depart at the end of June, three weeks after his 61st birthday.

A correspondent based in Dallas since 1995, McNamara reported regularly for the “Evening News,” often contributing longer “Eye on America” segments.

“In an era of ‘live team coverage’ around the clock, powerful television writing can sometimes seem like a dying art; that is, until McNamara pops up,” said CBS News prexy Andrew Heyward.

Former “Evening News” anchor Dan Rather called McNamara “one of the better writers to come out of electronic journalism.”

For his part, McNamara said he has no book planned on his experience at CBS. As his parting salvo, recently retired colleague Tom Fenton published the critical tome “Bad News: The Decline of Reporting, The Business of News, and the Danger to Us All.”

“I thought about it, but I don’t really have any axes to grind,” said McNamara, who plans to leave the stress of daily TV news behind and try his hand at longform journalism.

“My stories haven’t gone much over three minutes for a long time, because they don’t want stories longer than three minutes,” he said. “I still love putting together stories for television, and I would like to continue doing that.”

McNamara follows Fenton and Asia bureau chief Bruce Dunning into retirement this year.