Veteran CBS Journalist, “60 Minutes” Anchor
Over the years, Lesley Stahl has covered our nation’s affairs and politics with eloquence and a wealth of expertise. She has been co editor of 60 MINUTES since March 1991, and continues to bring her unique perspective to viewers all over the world.
Prior to joining 60 Minutes, Stahl served as CBS News White House correspondent during the Carter, Reagan, and part of the Bush presidencies. Her reports appeared frequently on the CBS Evening News, first with Walter Cronkite, then with Dan Rather and other CBS News broadcasts.
During much of that time she also served as moderator of Face the Nation with Lesley Stahl, CBS News' Sunday public affairs broadcast. For Face the Nation, she interviewed such newsmakers as Margaret Thatcher, Boris Yeltsin, Yasir Arafat, and most top U.S. officials, including George Bush and Dan Quayle.
From October 1990 to March 1991, Stahl added to her work at the White House and Face the Nation by joining Charles Kuralt as co anchor of America Tonight, a late nightly CBS News broadcast of interviews and essays.
Her experiences covering Washington for over 20 years became the subject of Stahl's book, Reporting Live, published by Simon & Schuster in 1999.
Her stories ranged from her first for CBS News Watergate in 1972 to the 1981 attempt on President Ronald Reagan's life, to George Bush's Persian Gulf War. She reported on every U.S. Soviet summit meeting since 1978, every economic summit of industrialized countries since 1979, and every national political convention and election night since 1974.
Over the years, she anchored several CBS News Documentaries including "The Politics of Cancer" and "In the Red Blues," about the budget deficit, both for CBS Reports.
Stahl has a collection of Emmys for her interviews on Face the Nation, and 60 Minutes. She received one for her 1996 report, "How He Won the War," about former FDA Commissioner David Kessler's battle with the tobacco industry.
In addition she received the Alfred I. duPont Columbia University Journalism Award in 1996 for her 60 Minutes report, "Punishing Saddam," which courageously exposed the plight of Iraqi citizens, mostly children, suffering the effects of the United Nations sanctions against Iraq.
Stahl was awarded the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award in 1996 given by Quinnipiac College in Hamden, CN, in recognition of her journalistic achievements. The following month she was recognized by the Radio and Television News Directors Association with an Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in Television for her reports on the Michigan Militia. In 1993, she received a Matrix Award for broadcasting, presented by New York Women in Communications Inc., which recognizes and honors women for outstanding career achievement. In 1990, she was honored with the prestigious Dennis Kauff Journalism Award for lifetime achievement in the news profession.
Stahl was born Dec. 16, 1941 in Swampscott, Mass. She graduated cum laude from Wheaton College in 1963 and now serves on its board of trustees. She and her husband, author Aaron Latham, reside in New York. They have a daughter, Taylor.