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Lesley Stahl has been a “60 Minutes” correspondent since March 1991. The 2009-10 season marks her 19th on the broadcast.
In September of 2005, Stahl landed the first interview with American hostage, Roy Hallums, who was held captive by Iraqis for 10 months. Her other exclusive “60 Minutes” interviews with former Bush administration officials Paul O’Neill and Richard Clarke ranked among the biggest news stories of 2004. She was the first to report that Al Gore would not run for president, in a “60 Minutes” interview broadcast in 2002.
Prior to joining “60 Minutes,” Stahl served as CBS News White House correspondent during the Carter, Reagan, and George H. W. Bush Presidencies. Her reports appeared on the “CBS Evening News,” first with Walter Cronkite, then with Dan Rather, and on other CBS News broadcasts.
During much of that time, she also served as moderator of “Face The Nation,” CBS News’ Sunday public-affairs broadcast (September 1983–May 1991). For “Face The Nation,” she interviewed such newsmakers as Margaret Thatcher, Boris Yeltsin, Yasir Arafat and virtually every top U.S. official.
From October 1990 to March 1991, Stahl supplemented her work at the White House and on “Face The Nation” by joining Charles Kuralt as co-anchor of “America Tonight,” a daily CBS News late-night broadcast of interviews and essays.
Her experiences covering Washington for more than 20 years became the subject of her book Reporting Live (Simon & Schuster, 1999). The stories she has covered while at CBS News range from Watergate in 1972 through the 1981 assassination attempt on President Reagan to the 1991 Gulf War.
Stahl anchored several CBS News documentaries, including “The Politics of Cancer” and “In the Red Blues,” about the budget deficit, both for “CBS Reports.”
She has a collection of Emmy® Awards for her interviews on “Face The Nation” and her “60 Minutes” reporting, including a Lifetime Achievement Emmy® given in September 2003. “Punishing Saddam” won Stahl an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Journalism Award. Her profile of search engine giant Google earned her a 2005 Business and Financial Emmy® award.
Stahl was born Dec. 16, 1941, in Swampscott, Mass., and was graduated cum laude in 1963 from Wheaton College, where she served on the board of trustees. She is the co-founder of wowOwow.com, a website for women created by women. She also serves on the board of the New York City Ballet. She and her husband, author Aaron Latham, live in New York. They have a daughter, Taylor.