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Eye picks its Sunday man

Mitchell to anchor 'Evening News'

CBS News has named Russ Mitchell permanent anchor of the Sunday edition of “Evening News,” a job left vacant when John Roberts ankled for CNN.

Since Roberts’ departure in February, Mitchell has taken a more prominent role as the network’s go-to sub for Bob Schieffer on the weekday editions of the newscast.

Russell also fills in for “Early Show” anchor Harry Smith and is one of three rotating anchors for the Saturday edition of “Evening News” along with Mika Brzezinski and Thalia Assuras.

In addition to his new job, Mitchell will remain co-anchor of “Saturday Early Show” and as correspondent for CBS News’ “Sunday Morning.”

“I’m pleased to be further raising Russ’ profile at CBS News,” said CBS Sports and News president Sean McManus.

Mitchell joined CBS in 1992. He has been a co-anchor of the overnight broadcast “Up to the Minute” and a Washington, D.C.-based correspondent who covered the 1996 presidential race and the 1996 Republican National Convention.