‘Sully’ Sullenberger taking to the air at CBS News

Posted May 19, 2011, at 8:16 p.m.
Chesley Sullenberger
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Chesley Sullenberger

NEW YORK — The pilot who safely brought down that plane in the Hudson River has landed at CBS News.

The network announced Thursday that Captain Chesley Sullenberger III, also known as Sully, has been named as Aviation and Safety Expert.

In his new role, Sullenberger will provide analysis of aviation safety, contributing to all CBS News broadcasts and platforms.

CBS News president David Rhodes said, “Sully is a genuine hero.”

It was on Jan. 15, 2009, that Sullenberger and his crew safely guided US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency water landing in New York’s frigid Hudson River. His quick response to the loss of two of the plane’s engines saved the lives of all 155 people aboard.

Logging 20,000 hours of flight service, Sullenberger retired from US Airways in March 2010.

ESPN’s history in 700-plus pages

NEW YORK — A new book about ESPN mixes a detailed corporate history of the 24-hour-a-day sports network with off-camera gossip and after-hours tales about the personalities there.

Called “Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN,” the book is due for publication next Tuesday, but some copies were distributed on Thursday.

Weighing in at well over 700 pages, the tome is an oral history, with co-authors James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales saying in the introduction that they interviewed more than 550 people for it.

Miller and Shales also say that, at ESPN, “partying is a varsity sport.”

 

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