Lesley Stahl

60 Minutes, CBS News Correspondent , United States.

Lesley Stahl is one of America’s most honored and experienced broadcast journalists, her five-decade career marked by political scoops, surprising features and award-winning foreign reporting. Stahl was among a handful of female television journalists whose work led the way for the anchors and reporters on the air today. She was CBS’ first female White House correspondent and moderator of FACE THE NATION. Her remarkable body of work has been recognized with every major award, including The Radio Television Digital News Association’s Paul White Award for Lifetime Achievement; the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award from Quinnipiac College, two Edward R. Murrow Awards, an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Silver Baton, the Overseas Press Club award and 13 Emmys, including a Lifetime Achievement Emmy. Stahl has been a 60 MINUTES correspondent since March 1991; she began her 26th season on the broadcast in September. She is the author of the best-selling book “Becoming Grandma.” Stahl landed the first post-election television interview with Donald Trump in November 2016. She earned an Emmy for her 2015 report on the recruitment of vulnerable young people for dangerous jobs as confidential police informants, and an Emmy for her interview with the widow of a slain hostage, with a look inside the technically illegal process of terrorist negotiation.

Lesley Stahl
In 2013, Stahl’s two-part series on U.S. Guantanamo Bay prison facilities, received the Edward R. Murrow award. In 2014, she won two Emmys for the Guantanamo series and a story about China’s huge real estate bubble. In 2014, she received the International Center for Journalists, Founders Award for Journalistic Excellence. In 2012, her uplifting feature, “Gospel for Teens,” received two Emmy Awards, and her whistleblower interview with F-22 Raptor pilots provided the public personal accounts of the fighter’s oxygen system troubles, spurring the Secretary of Defense to action. Stahl’s interview of a former CIA Clandestine Services chief regarding “enhanced interrogation techniques” on Al Qaeda operatives sparked national debate. Her first book “Reporting Live” (Simon & Schuster, 1999), highlighted stories Stahl covered including Watergate, the 1981 assassination attempt on President Reagan, and the 1991 Gulf War. Stahl graduated cum laude in 1963 from Wheaton College, and is a former board member. She currently serves on the board of the New York City Ballet.

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