Citing personal and professional reasons, Phyllis George resigned Friday as co-anchor of the troubled "CBS Morning News," which she joined only last January amid much criticism of her hiring.
Two relatively unknown newcomers, Forrest Sawyer, a former Atlanta television anchorman, and Maria Shriver, a niece of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), were named as the new co-anchors, effective immediately.
In a statement, George said that after a two-week vacation at home in Kentucky, she had decided "to rearrange my priorities."
George, whose husband--former Kentucky Gov. John Y. Brown--is preparing to run for the governorship again, said she had informed CBS News President Ed Joyce "that I have a desire not to continue with my present CBS assignments. This is a personal as well as a professional decision."