Lee Cowan is a CBS News national correspondent based in Los Angeles. He contributes to CBS News broadcasts and platforms across the division and is a substitute anchor for CBS SUNDAY MORNING.
Most recently, Cowan has been a correspondent for NBC News since 2007, contributing to various NBC News shows, including “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” “Today,” and MSNBC broadcasts. While there, he covered major news stories and events, including presidential candidate Barack Obama during the historic 2008 presidential election campaign and the tsunami that devastated Japan in March 2011.
Prior to joining NBC, Cowan was a CBS News correspondent for the “CBS Evening News.” In that role, he reported on a variety of stories of national and international importance, which included coverage from Ground Zero on the Sept. 11 attacks, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the 2006 conflict in Beirut and the 2006 tsunami in Indonesia.
Previously, Cowan served as a correspondent for CBS Newspath, CBS News' 24-hour news service, for which he provided national and global coverage for CBS News' U.S. affiliates.
Cowan joined CBS News in 1996 after serving as an anchor and reporter for WLWT-TV in Cincinnati. Prior to that, he was an anchor and reporter WWMT-TV, in Kalamazoo, Mich., and a weekend anchor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, Calif. Before joining KCOY-TV, Cowan held positions as news director and anchor at NBC affiliate KIEM-TV Eureka, Calif.
Cowan began his career in journalism in 1988 as a researcher, first for “CBS News Nightwatch” and then for the CBS EVENING NEWS in Washington, D.C.
Born in Salt Lake City, Cowan graduated in 1988 from the University of Washington with a double major in communications and speech communications.