Tony Dokoupil is a co-host of “CBS This Morning.” Previously, he was a CBS News correspondent and a “CBS Sunday Morning” contributor. His reporting has appeared across all CBS News broadcasts and platforms.
Since joining CBS News in 2016, Dokoupil has interviewed a variety of major artists, entertainers and newsmakers, among them First Lady Hillary Clinton, comedy legend Steve Martin, and music superstar Dolly Parton.
He recently anchored “CBS This Morning” live from the Kennedy Space Center on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. In October, Dokoupil anchored the broadcast from The Empire State Building, previewing the re-vamped Observation Deck on the 102nd floor.
Dokoupil has also led original coverage of vaping, including a broadcast exclusive interview with Juul CEO Kevin Burns.
His cover stories for “CBS This Morning” include features on the scourge of suicide, the struggles of public school teachers, and a successful rehab program for drug and alcohol-addicted airline pilots. His long-form work for “Sunday Morning” includes profiles of Chuck Lorre and Ben Stiller, and cultural pieces on the joys of quitting your job, the benefits of working with your hands, and the fight over plastic straws.
As a daily reporter for “CBS This Morning” and the “CBS Evening News,” he has written about marijuana legalization, digital privacy and the second amendment. In addition, Dokoupil has served as substitute anchor on CBSN, the “CBS Weekend News,” and “CBS This Morning.”
Dokoupil joined CBS News after three years at NBC News, where most recently he was a correspondent for MSNBC. He was the network’s lead reporter on a run of big national stories, including the Paris climate agreement and the Flint water crisis. He also covered the 2016 presidential primaries.
From 2007 to 2013, Dokoupil was a senior writer at Newsweek and The Daily Beast, where his reporting landed him on NBC’s “Today,” ABC’s “20/20,” and NPR’s “Fresh Air with Terry Gross.”
Dokoupil is also the author of the critically acclaimed book, “The Last Pirate: A Father, His Son and the Golden Age of Marijuana” (Doubleday, 2014), a memoir in which he documented his father’s exploits smuggling marijuana during the 1970s and ’80s.
Dokoupil earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from George Washington University and a master’s degree in American Studies from Columbia University.
He has three children and lives in New York with his family.
On this episode, Dokoupil shares his one way ticket to the beginning of the universe. He also offers why morning television is hallowed ground, why he never has notes with him during interviews, and why journalism school isn’t essential. Plus, he reveals which brand of peanut butter he digs into after the show!