Harry Reasoner, the folksy "60 Minutes" correspondent who helped start the top-rated CBS News program in 1968, is cutting back on his workload next season.

"It's been a nice ride, but you can't go on forever," Reasoner said.He decided to scale back from full-time reporter status to become the show's "editor emeritus" and a "contributing correspondent." That means he'll do perhaps six reports a year instead of 20.

"I suddenly realized I'd been working 53 years, about half of it on `60 Minutes,' and I thought I'd like to take it a little easier," he said.