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ARLINGTON, VA, November 23, 2009 - CBS News Correspondent Hari Sreenivasan (picture below) is joining the staff of the PBS NewsHour and will play a key role in bridging its broadcast and digital platforms when it succeeds The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on Monday, December 7th. He will report and anchor video news updates throughout the day on the PBS NewsHour's website. He'll also appear nightly on the PBS NewsHour itself, anchoring a summary of the day's headlines from the broadcast's newsroom.

Sreenivasan will join NewsHour anchor Jim Lehrer and the on-camera team of Senior Correspondents already associated with the venerable news program, which is celebrating its 34th year on the air. In addition to his on-camera responsibilities, he will be involved in helping the PBS NewsHour become the hub of news and public affairs reporting on PBS, both on-air and online.

"We are thrilled to welcome Hari to the NewsHour team" said Linda Winslow, Executive Producer of the PBS NewsHour. "Hari brings strong reporting experience from his previous assignments at CBS and ABC. Additionally, Hari's skill and innovation bringing news to audiences on multiple platforms will be tremendous assets as the PBS NewsHour fully integrates its on-air and online operations."

"This is a wonderful opportunity for me," added Hari Sreenivasan. "Jim Lehrer and his colleagues at the NewsHour and PBS have set the standard for top quality reporting and analysis. I look forward to helping them meet the exciting challenges presented by the new landscape in journalism."

At CBS News, Hari has appeared regularly on the "CBS Evening News," "The Early Show" and "CBS Sunday Morning." Before that, Hari served as an anchor and correspondent for ABC News, working extensively on the network's 24-hour digital service "ABC News Now." Hari also reported for "World News Tonight" and "Nightline." "With the nation facing unprecedented challenges on numerous fronts, it's never been more important for viewers to have a place to turn for solid, in-depth, trustworthy reporting," added John Boland, PBS Chief Content Officer. "Hari Sreenivasan brings a wealth of experience in broadcast and digital news media and will enhance the already great team of journalists in place."

About The NewsHour
The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer (relaunching as the PBS NewsHour on December 7, 2009) is seen five nights a week on more than 315 PBS stations across the country (check local listings) and is also available online, via public radio in select markets and via podcast. The program is produced by MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, in association with WETA Washington, DC, and THIRTEEN in New York. Corporate funding for The NewsHour is provided by Chevron and Intel, with major funding from the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers.

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Rob Flynn, THE NEWSHOUR, 703-998-2174

Carrie Johnson, PBS, 703-739-5129