Scott Pelley to Replace Katie Couric on CBS Evening News

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Goodbye, Katie Couric, hello, Scott Pelley.

On Tuesday, CBS named Couric's replacement as anchor of CBS Evening News: Scott Pelley.

The 60 Minutes correspondent, 53, was long rumored to be the new anchor of the series, and CBS News chairman Jeff Fager had high praise for the reporter.

"Scott has it all," Fager said in a statement. "He has the experience, the credibility and he is among the very best reporters ever to work at CBS News.

"We like to think of CBS News as the 'reporter's network,' and I can't think of anybody in this business better suited for the anchor chair than Scott."

Couric, 54, announced her decision to leave the evening broadcast after five years last Tuesday.

"I'm really proud of the talented team on the CBS Evening News and the award-winning work we've been able to do," Couric told Us Weekly. "In making the decision to move on, I know Evening News will be in great hands, but I am excited about the future."

Her next gig? "I am looking at a format that will allow me to engage in more multi-dimensional storytelling," she hinted.