Town of Tonawanda native Jeff Glor was thinking about his roots Wednesday when he was named the next anchor of "The CBS Evening News."
"Western New York has been on the top of mind for me through this entire process," said Glor in a brief telephone interview. "I am immensely proud to be from Buffalo and tell people that's where I am from."
Glor, who has yet to be quoted by the national media except for a statement in a CBS release, couldn't comment beyond that at this time.
Being named the anchor of "The CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor" is a remarkable achievement for the 1997 Syracuse University graduate, who was so intimidated and scared by some of his college classmates that he had to be convinced by his parents to remain a journalism major.
Glor is expected to take over the role from interim anchor Anthony Mason before the end of the year.
In a CBS release, CBS News President David Rhodes said "“Jeff is a thoughtful, probing journalist with the versatility to anchor in any circumstance – from daily reporting to the most significant events of our time. In his more than 10 years at CBS News, Jeff has earned the trust of viewers and his colleagues. He represents the best journalistic values and traditions that will carry the Evening News into a digital future.”
CBS also noted that Glor most recently covered Hurricane Irma and was in the studio to cover the Las Vegas shootings.
Glor joins a short list of CBS evening news anchors that includes Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather, Katie Couric, Bob Schieffer and Scott Pelley, who was replaced by Mason in June.
The 42-year-old Glor has checked most of the boxes for the role, including being a morning anchor, a substitute evening news anchor and covering big domestic and international stories.
The only reason he might not have been mentioned anywhere outside of Buffalo in June as a possible replacement for Pelley was his relatively young age.
But the success of ABC's "World News Tonight" with a relatively young David Muir over the past three years may have made it easier for CBS to go younger itself.
ABC's newscast usually wins nationally in total viewers, "The NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt" in the key age 25-54 demographic.
Locally, "The CBS Evening News" on WIVB-TV (Channel 4) is second to NBC's newscast on WGRZ-TV (Ch.2). Muir's newscast suffers from a poor news lead-in from WKBW-TV (Channel 7).
Glor is only two years younger than Muir.
The Tonawanda native has several other similarities with Muir.
Muir is a Syracuse native, Glor a graduate of Syracuse University.
Muir worked at a Syracuse station, Glor worked at a different Syracuse station.
Muir worked at a Boston station before joining ABC News, Glor worked at a Boston station before joining CBS News.
Muir anchored ABC's weekend news for a time, Glor anchored CBS' weekend news for a time.
CBS seemed to be grooming Glor to eventually be a nightly news anchor as he has been a substitute anchor in the morning for Charlie Rose, worked on stories for "60 Minutes Sports" and covered a variety of national stories as a correspondent. He also is a substitute host for Rose's PBS talk show.