May 20, 2020
Tony Dokoupil reflects on a year of anchoring ‘CBS This Morning’ alongside Gayle King and Anthony Mason.
One year ago, a new trio of co-anchors, Gayle King, Anthony Mason, and Tony Dukoupil, sat behind the CBS This Morning desk for the first time. To celebrate the anniversary, the hosts were together only on-camera as they broadcast from their homes due to the coronavirus.
Dokoupil told the ViacomCBS Newsroom that this moment is a reminder of why broadcast news exists and why it matters now more than ever. “The pandemic and the immense disruption to our lives has been a reminder of why broadcast television exists in the first place,” he says. “It sets people's expectations for what's happening in their world. It informs, inspires, provides comfort, and agitates when necessary.”
Dokoupil adds, “Those were all parts of the original vision of broadcast as a public service. And as difficult as these times have been, it's been inspiring to feel that return to the original purpose. This is why we do this. This really matters.”
On Wednesday, the trio shared the highlights from their last year anchoring the news together and each propped up a special anniversary cake of their own to celebrate together while apart. Some of the biggest stories covered by CBS This Morning include the 2020 primary race, President Trump’s impeachment trial, the Harvey Weinstein trial, investigations into Jeffrey Epstein, and the health implications of e-cigarettes. The year also featured multiple exclusive interviews with Michael Bloomberg, Bernie Sanders, Greta Thunberg, Edward Snowden, Bruce Springsteen, Bill Gates, Billie Eilish, Lizzo, and Mark Zuckerberg. The team also did a full hour dedicated to mental health and broadcast live from the top of the Empire State Building.