Dickerson will continue in his role as anchor of CBS’ Sunday morning public affairs program. With the expansion of his on-air duties, Dickerson will hand over the job of serving as CBS News Political Director to Steve Chaggaris.
“These critical appointments for John and Steve will continue to enhance our industry-leading news reporting from the nation’s capital,” CBS News president David Rhodes said in a memo issued Friday.
Dickerson’s appointment is a sign of just how much the Trump administration and its policy agenda is dominating the news cycle. Dickerson is a D.C. veteran who joined CBS News in 2009 as an analyst and contributor, and he became political director two years later. He succeeded Bob Schieffer as “Face the Nation” anchor in June 2015.
Before CBS, Dickerson covered politics and Washington for Slate and Time magazine.
Chaggaris has been with CBS News since 1999, most recently serving as senior political editor.
“Face the Nation” has prospered on Dickerson’s watch, riding the tide of interest in the 2016 presidential race and tumultuous transition from the Obama era to the Trump administration. Dickerson also hosts a weekly “Face the Nation” podcast.