60 Minutes, the most successful television broadcast in history, begins its 46th season in September 2013. Offering hard-hitting investigative reports, interviews, feature segments and profiles of people in the news, the broadcast begun in 1968, is still a hit in 2013, regularly making Nielsen’s Top 10.
60 Minutes has won more Emmy Awards than any other primetime broadcast, including a special Lifetime Achievement Emmy. It has also won every major broadcast journalism award over its tenure, including 18 Peabody and 14 DuPont Columbia University awards for excellence in television broadcasting. Other distinguished awards won multiple times include the George Polk, RTNDA Edward R. Murrow , Investigative Reporters and Editors, RFK Journalism, Sigma Delta Chi and Gerald Loeb Awards for Distinguished Business and Financial Reporting.
60 Minutes was created by the late Don Hewitt and premiered on CBS September 24, 1968. CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager is the program’s executive producer. The correspondents and contributors of 60 Minutes are Anderson Cooper, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Steve Kroft, Lara Logan, Scott Pelley, Byron Pitts, Morley Safer, Bob Simon and Lesley Stahl.
Meet the Cast
Steve Kroft - Correspondent
Few journalists have achieved the impact and recognition that Steve Kroft’ s “60 Minutes” work has generated for over two decades. He delivered his first report for the broadcast in September 1989; the 2012-13 season is his 24th on “60 Minutes.” He was born Aug. 22, 1945, in Kokomo, Ind., and was graduated from Syracuse University in 1967 with a bachelor of science degree. Kroft is married to journalist Jennet Conant. They live in New York with their son, John Conant Kroft.
Lesley Stahl - Correspondent
One of America’s most recognized and experienced broadcast journalists, Lesley Stahl has been a “60 Minutes” correspondent since March 1991. 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 currently serves on the board of the New York City Ballet. She and her husband, author Aaron Latham, live in New York.
Morley Safer - Correspondent
His distinctive style and the broad range of his work have made Morley Safer a mainstay of “60 Minutes” since he joined the broadcast in December 1970. The 2012-13 season marks his 43rd on the program. Safer is the author of the best-seller Flashbacks: On Returning to Vietnam (Random House, 1990). He was born Nov. 8, 1931, in Toronto. He and his wife, the former Jane Fearer, live in New York. They have a daughter, Sarah.