- The Washington Times - Monday, April 20, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) - Slate magazine political correspondent John Dickerson wrote a book about his mother, who was the first female correspondent for CBS News. Now he’s following her trail.

CBS on Monday announced Dickerson’s hiring as a political analyst and contributor. Dickerson, 40, will join the analyst team of Bob Schieffer and Jeff Greenfield.

He covered politics for Time magazine for 12 years before joining Slate, where he will continue to work along with doing the CBS job.

CBS always had a “mythical place” in his life because of his mother, the late Nancy Dickerson. She joined CBS News 55 years ago this month, although she didn’t become a correspondent until 1960. Her son’s book about her career, “On Her Trail,” was published in 2006.

If Dickerson were still alive, her son imagined she’d show an impatient pride.

“She’d be happy,” he said, “and want to go back to talking about the story of the day.”

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