Lee Cowan

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Lee Cowan
Leland P. Cowan

(1965-05-01) May 1, 1965 (age 54)
Alma materUniversity of Washington
OccupationTelevision journalist
Notable credit(s)
NBC Nightly News reporter
CBS Evening News reporter
(1996–2006, 2011-present)
WWMT anchor

Leland P. Cowan (born May 1, 1965) is the CBS News National Correspondent for the CBS Evening News and substitute anchor for CBS Sunday Morning.


Cowan was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, a son of Leland B. Cowan, a surgical and radiation oncologist, and Constance W. Cowan. He is a 1988 graduate of the University of Washington.[1][2] He is married to Molly Palmer, a television associate producer and daughter of television news correspondent John Palmer and writer Nancy Doyle Palmer. On December 23, 2016, his wife gave birth to their child, Kevin Cowan, and later welcomed their second son, Harrison Leland Cowan born March 9, 2019. They live in Santa Monica.

Cowan was a frequent correspondent for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. Prior to joining NBC News, he was a reporter for CBS News in the CBS NEWSPATH division. He previously worked for NBC affiliate WLWT in Cincinnati, CBS affiliate WWMT in Kalamazoo, Michigan, KCOY in Santa Maria, California and KIEM in Eureka, California.[citation needed]