'Early Show' hires CNN's Betty Nguyen

betty-nguyen-cnn-02-32-.jpgBetty Nguyen has left cable for network news.

The former CNN anchor will co-anchor the "CBS Morning News" in addition to reporting for CBS' "The Early Show," according to CBS News.

Nguyen, 35, had co-anchored "CNN Saturday Morning," "CNN Sunday Morning" and the weekend editions of "CNN Newsroom" with T. J. Holmes. As a correspondent, she's covered a number of major stories worldwide as well as domestic. Before joining CNN, she had worked with a CBS affiliate in Dallas, Texas and before that, in Waco, Texas.

She's received a regional Emmy award, was named the first Vietnamese-American to anchor a national television news broadcast in the U.S. by the Smithsonian and landed on Maxim.com's "TV's 10 Hottest News Anchors" list in 2008.

[UPDATE] It was previously announced that anchor Russ Mitchell would leave "Early Show" and become the national correspondent for CBS and continue anchoring Sunday's "CBS Evening News." Erica Hill, who stepped in for Mitchell as co-anchor of the "Early Show," like Nguyen, is also lately from CNN, having left"Anderson Cooper 360."

What's CBS got that CNN doesn't? Maybe it's chutzpah. The New York Times recently reported that  CBS was also courting the silver fox himself, Anderson Cooper, and had a meeting with him "months ago" for talks. Speculation is that he's a possible replacement for Katie Couric when her "CBS Evening News" contract expires in mid-2011

CNN denied in a statement that Cooper met with CBS "recently" and claims he only spoke to the network as far as his "60 Minutes" involvement required.

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[For the record: It's "CBS Morning News" not "CBS Morning Show" as was previously written]

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