For Glor, a whirl­wind visit to re­mem­ber

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“CBS Evening News” an­chor Jeff Glor was plan­ning such a whirl­wind tour of his na­tive Western New York that he didn’t even fig­ure on hav­ing time to have din­ner with his mother.

“I’m try­ing to pack in as much in a day in Buf­falo as I pos­si­bly can be­fore I have to fly out to Den­ver,” Glor said ear­lier this week in a tele­phone in­ter­view.

He had two speak­ing en­gage­ments here Fri­day – one in­vi­ta­tion-only at the Buf­falo Club and the other at the Ton­awanda Li­brary.

Be­fore the speak­ing en­gage­ments, he planned to re­port a story about the Buf­falo singing po­lice­men, Michael Norwood Jr. and Mo Badger, who ap­peared on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show this week. The story will even­tu­ally air on Glor’s news­cast. It is the kind of up­lift­ing story “The CBS Evening News” typ­i­cally car­ries near the end of a news­cast.

The ear­lier ten­ta­tive plans to an­chor Fri­day’s news­cast of “The CBS Evening News” from Buf­falo were dropped. Glor was ex­pect­ing to be on a flight to Den­ver at 6:30 p.m. Fri­day – when the news­cast is car­ried on Chan­nel 4 – on his way to re­port a story on the 20-year an­niver­sary of the Columbine High School shoot­ing mas­sacre.

Alan Perga­ment

The call in­ter­rupted Glor’s work on the 10- to 15-minute speech he planned to de­liver here. “I’ll talk about cur­rent events, jour­nal­ism and the work I am lucky enough to do every day,” Glor said. “It is not go­ing to be su­per-long. My goal is to do the speech, but I’d also like to take ques­tions and talk to folks there.”

The speech was ex­pected to ad­dress the chaotic times that jour­nal­ists must make sense of in a truth­ful and fair way, Glor’s per­sonal jour­ney as a re­porter and an­chor and the in­flu­ence that grow­ing up in the Town of Ton­awanda has had on him. He didn’t know what ques­tions to ex­pect. “Some­times that is the fun part about it,” he said.

Know­ing he is a big Buf­falo sports fan, it would only be nat­u­ral to ask him about the col­lapse of the Sabres.

“The Sabres have been per­plex­ing and mad­den­ing, but I still be­lieve they have – I know they have – young tal­ent and guys who want to win,” he said.

He noted when he was at Disney with his fam­ily over Thanks­giv­ing the Sabres were rid­ing high. “I think they had the best record in the league,” Glor said. “So am I sur­prised they dropped so far out and not mak­ing the play­offs? Yeah.”

He was more op­ti­mistic about the work the Bills did dur­ing free agency. “There wasn’t any sort of huge moves,” Glor said. “I guess (sign­ing cen­ter Mitch) Morse is a pretty big move, but there were more smaller moves. But some­times you don’t have to do some­thing re­ally crazy, you just let the team de­velop.”

That could be a phi­los­o­phy that CBS could fol­low in the evening news com­pe­ti­tion. It is in third place na­tion­ally, as it has been with sev­eral an­chors be­fore Glor took over the news­cast. Still, Glor has had to deal with un­founded, spec­u­la­tive ru­mors about his fu­ture af­ter less than a year and a half in the an­chor seat. The sit­u­a­tion could be a dis­trac­tion.

“I try to fo­cus on the work, like the script that I am writ­ing (for the Buf­falo ap­pear­ance), the speech and the broad­cast, in­stead of talk­ing about all of it,” Glor said.

He is en­cour­aged by the qual­ity of the work by the CBS team.

“From the very be­gin­ning I’ve said, and many oth­ers have said, this is a marathon, not a sprint,” Glor said. “You’ve prob­a­bly got me on the record say­ing that 12 dif­fer­ent times over the course of eight years or longer. Ac­tu­ally, this month will mark 12 years at the net­work, so to the ex­tent we are fo­cused on build­ing some­thing as best we can, that’s what we fo­cus on every sin­gle day.”

He cer­tainly knows how to build CBS News team spirit.

“I or­dered An­chor Bar for the se­nior pro­duc­ers,” he said.

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