Dick Jefferson has been the Senior Broadcast Producer of CBS Evening News, Weekend Editions since 1996. In addition, Jefferson serves in the same position for the Special Events Unit of CBS News during breaking news events, and other major news stories. This includes developing and coordinating the computerized election night graphics and systems for Campaign 2000, 2002 and Campaign ‘04.
Jefferson had served as, senior producer, and prior to that broadcast producer of CBS THIS MORNING since November 1989. In addition to overseeing the production of the broadcast, he produced many of its special editions, including two live town hall meetings from the White House Rose Garden, a seven-hour live broadcast on the 50th anniversary of D-Day and the Emmy-nominated coverage of the Mississippi River flood of 1993.
Broadcasts produced by Jefferson have been awarded two national Emmy awards, and have been nominated for two others, including one for the first broadcast from the liberated Kuwait. In addition, Jefferson has been the recipient of the Edward R. Murrow award from the RTDNA, as well as, a Sigma Delta Chi award for coverage of the rescue of Elian Gonzales. He has received numerous regional Emmy Awards and other honors for his work at various television stations, including WDIV-TV Detroit, WWL-TV New Orleans, WJXT-TV Jacksonville and KNXT-TV Los Angeles.
He also produced CBS's live morning coverage of the 1992 and 1994 Olympic Winter Games.
Jefferson was born on Sept. 26, 1954, in New Orleans. He grew up in Groves, Texas. In 1991, Jefferson was awarded a juris doctorate degree (summa laude) from the University of Detroit, although completed most of his studies at Fordham University Law School in New York. Previously, Jefferson was graduated in 1976 from the University of Texas with a degree in journalism, and in 1978 from the University of Southern California with a master’s degree in communication management. He was admitted to the State Bar of New York in 1992.