Lesley Stahl

CBS News and 60 Minutes

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About the Speaker

Few broadcast journalists are more experienced, accomplished, or honored than Lesley Stahl.  After joining CBS News in 1972 as a reporter in its Washington bureau, she covered the Watergate break-in and its aftermath, and went on to serve as White House correspondent during three administrations.  She was the longtime moderator of Face the Nation before being named 60 Minutes correspondent in 1991.

Ms. Stahl has interviewed key world leaders including Margaret Thatcher, Boris Yeltsin, Yasser Arafat, Yitzhak Rabin, Benjamin Netanyahu, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Nicolas Sarkozy.

Her incisive Middle East reports in 2010, one on the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, and one on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, won the Overseas Press Club’s Edward R. Murrow Award for best interpretation of international affairs.  Her recent interviews, one with a former CIA official about “enhanced interrogation techniques” and another with an ex-Mossad chief about a possible Israeli strike on Iran, made international headlines.

Ms. Stahl’s long list of major journalism awards include numerous Emmys, including one for Lifetime Achievement , the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, and one for overall excellence in television by the Radio and Television News Directors Association. She received an honorary doctorate from Colgate University in 2008.  In her book, Reporting Live, about her reporting on Washington, she observes  that, “Television had become the center of campaigning and governing but also of diplomacy and decision-making.”