Lesley Stahl is a veteran broadcast journalist whose groundbreaking work has repeatedly shaped national and international debate. She has served as a CBS “60 Minutes” correspondent since 1991.
Prior to joining the program, Stahl covered the Watergate scandal, and later, the Reagan and Bush administrations for CBS Evening News. She also served as moderator of the CBS program “Face the Nation,” where her interview subjects ranged from Margaret Thatcher and Boris Yeltsin to George H. W. Bush and Vice President Dan Quayle.
Stahl’s 1996 news documentary for CBS Reports, Punishing Saddam, revealed how the UN sanctions against Iraq were affecting Iraqi children. In addition to winning an Emmy, Punishing Saddam won Stahl an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton, one of the highest honors in electronic journalism. In 2005, her profile of Google earned her a Business and Financial Emmy award, and her 2006 interview with Patricia Dunn, former Chairwoman of Hewlett-Packard, won her an Emmy for coverage of a breaking news story.
In 1996, Stahl’s “60 Minutes” report on the Michigan Militia earned her the Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in Television by Radio/Television News Directors Association (RTNDA). That same year, she was awarded the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award to honor her achievements in journalism.
Her experiences covering Washington, ranging from Watergate through the 1991 Gulf War, became the subject of her book Reporting Live.
A native of Swampscott, Massachusetts, Stahl graduated cum laude from Wheaton College in 1963. She currently lives in New York, where she also serves on the board of the New York City Ballet.