Jim Axelrod is a national correspondent for CBS News, reporting for the “CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley” and other CBS News broadcasts.
He has covered a broad range of stories, most notably the war in Iraq. One of CBS News' embedded correspondents, Axelrod was recognized as the first television journalist to report live from Baghdad’s Saddam International Airport immediately after it fell to U.S. troops. His live coverage of the U.S. Army firing artillery rounds into Iraqi positions was the first to be broadcast by a reporter embedded with ground troops engaged in combat in Iraq. Axelrod also covered the departure of the U.S. troops from Iraq, the last reporter to leave with the military in December 2011.
Axelrod served as Chief White House Correspondent for CBS News from 2006 through 2009. His political reporting has also included coverage of the 2004 and 2008 presidential campaigns, as well as the controversy following the 2000 presidential election, for which he reported live from Tallahassee, the epicenter of the Florida election recount.
In addition, during his tenure at CBS News, Axelrod’s has covered the American invasion of Afghanistan, the war and refugee crisis in the Balkans, the hostage crisis in Peru. He also represented CBS News in 2010, when foreign reporters were invited to North Korea for a rare glimpse at that country’s leadership and culture. Axelrod was a member of the team honored with a 2010 duPont-Columbia Silver Baton for "CBS Reports: Children of the Recession,” the extraordinary multi-platform series about the recession’s devastating effects on children. He was also one of the CBS News correspondents who received a 2002 Emmy Award for the "CBS Evening News’” coverage of the Washington, D.C. sniper siege.
Axelrod moved to the CBS News bureau in New York in 1999, prior to which he served in the Dallas bureau (1997-99) and the Miami bureau (1996-97).
Before joining CBS News in 1996, he was a political reporter at WRAL-TV, the CBS affiliate in Raleigh, N.C. (1993-96). Previously, Axelrod was a reporter and producer of the 11:00 PM news for WSTM-TV Syracuse, N.Y. (1990-93), and anchor and reporter at WUTR-TV Utica, N.Y. (1989-90). He began his career at WVII-TV Bangor, Maine in 1989.
Born in New Brunswick, N.J., Axelrod was graduated from Cornell University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and from Brown University in 1989 with a Master of Arts degree in history. He and his wife, Christina, live in Montclair, N.J., with their three children.
Axelrod is also the author of In The Long Run: A Father, A Son, And Unintentional Lessons In Happiness, which was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2011.