Lesley Stahl

Lesley Stahl

Lesley Stahl has been a 60 MINUTES correspondent since March 1991. The 2011-12 season marks her 21th on the broadcast. 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 asco-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 onPresident 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.