Norah O’Donnell returns to regular set for ‘CBS Evening News’

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After broadcasting from a remote location due to a potential coronavirus exposure, “CBS Evening News” anchor Norah O’Donnell was back in the studio Feb. 16, 2021.

O’Donnell originally switched to anchoring the newscast from an alternate location Feb. 11, 2021, after someone in the network’s Washington, D.C. bureau that houses the “Evening News” studio tested positive for COVID-19.

She had anchored special coverage of Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial from the set earlier that day.

O’Donnell continued to anchor from the alternate location Feb. 12, 2021 for both more impeachment trial coverage and “Evening,” though at least some of her colleagues appeared to be on set back in the bureau, so it does not appear the network was forced to close the bureau as what happened with two of its New York facilities in 2020.

CBS sources told NewscastStudio that someone in the bureau had tested positive for COVID-19 and the change was made out of an abundance of caution.

The alternate setup was also used Feb. 13, 2021, for Saturday trial coverage.

O’Donnell was out Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, with Major Garrett anchoring from the normal “Evening News” set.

However, come Feb. 16, O’Donnell was back in the studio as normal.