Baltimore Sun

Nate Burleson to greet new morning audience on CBS

- By Joe Reedy

Nate Burleson has been doing morning television since 2016, but he is about to become a familiar face to a new audience.

Burleson debuts as one of the co-hosts when “CBS Mornings” premieres

Sept. 7. He will team with Gayle King and Tony Dokoupil while Anthony Mason moves to reporting on arts and culture.

The “CBS Mornings” role is part of a longterm contract extension Burleson recently signed with CBS. He had been one of the hosts of NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” since 2016 before joining CBS Sports a year later as an analyst on “The NFL Today” on Sunday during football season.

Burleson said the biggest challenge with going to “CBS Mornings” will be the ability to stay on his toes.

“We’re talking about a wide variety of things,” he said. “So being able to stay on your toes, be reactive, and then turn that into an informativ­e, entertaini­ng uplifting show, that’s the challenge. But to be honest with you, I don’t look at it like a challenge. These are the things that I’m interested in, and I talk about when I go home. Now, I get to join a crew and deliver this informatio­n to the viewer on a daily basis.”

Burleson, a wide receiver for 11 seasons in the NFL, will continue to be an analyst on “The NFL Today,” which kicks off its season Sept. 12.

Burleson has contribute­d to CBS News since 2017. While some of the topics have been about sports, he has also been able to share views on finance, athletes investing, art and entertainm­ent. Burleson thinks his varied interests will be a good mix with Dokoupil and King. Burleson filled in as a guest host on the morning show earlier this year

“I am going to bring to the show so much more than just sports and entertainm­ent. There are things that make me who I am that will fit this show so well. It gives me confidence that I can provide something to this job, to this team, to CBS. I really want to flex some different muscles that people don’t know that I have.”

The rebranding of

CBS’ morning franchise — which includes the longtime Sunday show as well as Saturday — and Burleson’s addition are the first major personnel moves by CBS News’ new leadership team of Neeraj Khemlani and Wendy McMahon as well as “CBS Mornings” executive producer Shawna Thomas.

The sunshine logo and trumpet opening that have been a part of “CBS Sunday Morning” since its debut in 1979 will now be on all the morning shows.

“All CBS News morning broadcasts will now be part of the same family, with a focus on original reporting and exquisite storytelli­ng, connected by the sound of the iconic trumpet music and an ethos of optimism that carries all the way through to the sunshine logo itself,” Khemlani said in a statement.

The morning show also is moving to Times Square and will be in the studio space once occupied by MTV for its afternoon shows.

 ?? MICHELE CROWE/CBS ?? “CBS Mornings” hosts Tony Dokoupil, left, Gayle King and Nate Burleson.
MICHELE CROWE/CBS “CBS Mornings” hosts Tony Dokoupil, left, Gayle King and Nate Burleson.

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