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 2014, 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:
Anderson Cooper – Correspondent
Anderson Cooper, anchor of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360˚, has contributed reports to 60 Minutes since the 2006-07 season. His exceptional reporting on big news events has earned him a reputation as one of television’s pre-eminent newsmen. Cooper and Anderson Cooper 360° have won several major journalism awards, including multiple Emmy awards. Cooper graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a bachelor of arts degree in political science. He also studied Vietnamese at the University of Hanoi. Cooper is based in New York City.
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.
Lara Logan- Correspondent
Lara Logan’s bold, award-winning reporting from war zones has earned her a prominent spot among the world’s best foreign correspondents. Named a full-time 60 Minutes correspondent in May 2012, the 2014-15 season will be her 10th contributing to the newsmagazine. Logan received an Emmy Award, an Overseas Press Club Award and a Murrow Award for “Ramadi: On the Front Line,” a powerful 2006 report on American troops under fire in Ramadi, Iraq, a piece Logan and her producer shot themselves while embedded with a U.S. military unit. She has also received five American Women in Radio and Television Gracie Awards. Logan was born in Durban and was graduated from the city’s University of Natal in 1992 with a degree in commerce.
Scott Pelley – Correspondent
Scott Pelley, one of the most experienced reporters in broadcast journalism, was named anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News in May 2011. Since joining 60 Minutes in 2004, half of all the major awards won by the broadcast have been for stories reported by Pelley. Some of Pelley’s most recent 60 Minutes assignments include conducting the only interview with one of the Navy SEALs who helped kill Osama bin Laden, a news-breaking interview with the chief accuser in Major League Baseball’s doping case against Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees and extensive coverage of the Lance Armstrong saga. Pelley was born in San Antonio, Texas, and attended journalism school at Texas Tech University. He and his wife, Jane Boone Pelley, have a son and a daughter.
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 and have one daughter, Sarah.
Bob Simon – Correspondent
Bob Simon is among a handful of elite journalists who have covered most major overseas conflicts and news stories from the late 1960s to the present, earning an unprecedented number of awards in the process. His 25 Emmys may be the most held by a journalist for field reporting. His news magazine work took many of those, including Emmys for 60 Minutes stories “Curveball,” the investigation of the Iraqi defector who provided the faulty testimony that eventually led America to war; “The Sea Gypsies,” a report on the island-dwelling Moken peoples of Southeast Asia; “Aftershock,” about American paramedics saving lives after an earthquake in Pakistan; and “Roberto Benigni,” his profile of the Italian actor/director. He and his wife, Françoise, have a daughter, Tanya, who is a producer for 60 Minutes in New York.