Fast Facts

  • Began his journalism career at the age of 15 at the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal in Lubbock, Texas.
  • Joined CBS News as a New York-based reporter in 1989.  
  • Worked as a White House correspondent from 1997 to 1999.
  • Was one of the first reporters on the scene after the collapse of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001.
  • Inducted into the Texas Tech University alumni Hall of Fame in 2006.


  • 2015, Writers Guild Awards — TV News Script - Analysis, Feature, or Commentary: Winner
  • 2016, Writers Guild Awards — TV News Script - Regularly Scheduled, Bulletin, or Breaking Report: Winner


  • Reece Pelley — Son
  • John Elmer Pelley Jr. — Father
  • John Pelley — Brother
  • Blair Pelley — Daughter
  • Wanda Graves-Pelley — Mother
  • Jane Boone Pelley — Wife


  • Attended Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX


  • Birth Name: Scott Cameron Pelley
  • Birth Place: San Antonio, TX
  • Profession: Anchor

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