|(CBS) During the recent political season, Clayson sat down with President
George W. and First Lady Laura Bush twice, Vice President Dick Cheney and
Lynne Cheney, former Vice President Al Gore and Tipper Gore, Senator Joe
Lieberman, Secretary of State Colin Powell, former Secretary Madeline
Albright, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Senator John McCain and Ralph
Nader, among others. Clayson also recently traveled to Mexico City for an
exclusive interview with Mexican President Vicente Fox on the eve of his
meeting with President George W. Bush. The two discussed a variety of
topics, including economic and trade relations, immigration and the drug war.
In January 2001, Clayson originated The Early Show from Tampa in conjunction
with Super Bowl XXXV and from Washington D.C. for the Bush swearing in and
inaugural galas. While in Washington, she had the opportunity to meet with
President and Mrs. Bush for a wide-ranging discussion of goals, family and
A die-hard Survivor fan, Clayson gets the inside scoop from the latest cast
member voted out of Australia's Outback when they join her on The Early
Show the following day. Clayson also co-anchored The Early Show’s final
island Survivor episode in August from Los Angeles’ Television City. It was
there that Clayson orchestrated discussion between all first-season Survivor
contestants--including ultimate survivor Richard Hatch--about numerous
aspects of the show.
No stranger to the Hollywood elite, Clayson has interviewed many of today's
hottest stars, including Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Susan Sarandon,
Sigourney Weaver, Antonio Banderas and many others.
To mark the millennium, Clayson traveled to Sydney, Australia, and was among
a handful of American journalists to report live as the new century unfolded.
She reassured viewers that the Y2K bug's bark was far worse than its bite.
Before co-anchoring The Early Show, Clayson was a correspondent (1997-99)
for ABC News in Los Angeles, reporting for World News Tonight and other
network broadcasts. She covered numerous international breaking news
stories, including the NATO air strikes against Kosovo, the refugee crisis in
Macedonia, the Indonesian riots and the subsequent fall of the Suharto
government. Her domestic coverage for ABC included Bob Dole's 1996
presidential campaign, the crash of the Boeing 747 in Guam, and the O.J.
Simpson civil trial.
Between 1990 and 1996, Clayson anchored and reported for KSL-TV, the highly
rated and respected broadcast news organization in Salt Lake City. While
working for KSL, she traveled to China twice to write and produce an award-
winning news series and documentary.
Clayson's work has been recognized by some of journalism's most prestigious
organizations. In addition to numerous awards from the Society of
Professional Journalists, her honors include an Emmy and The Edward R.
Murrow Award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association.
While her work keeps her extraordinarily busy, Clayson spends much of her
spare time training her new Maltese puppy, from Chrisman Maltese ,named
Tess, and working on a wide variety of stitchery and craft projects.
Clayson is a native of Sacramento, Calif., although her family lived in several
cities growing up. Clayson graduated from Brigham Young University in 1990
with a degree in journalism. A noted violinist, Clayson attended the university
on a music scholarship. This year, her alma mater honored her as one of its
most distinguished alumni at a gala homecoming weekend.
With Her Chrisman Maltese ~Tess~