One of America's most recognized and experienced broadcast journalists, Lesley Stahl's career has been marked by political scoops, surprising features, and award-winning foreign reporting. She has been a 60 MINUTES correspondent since March 1991.
In 2012, Stahl was recognized with two Emmy Awards for her uplifting feature, "Gospel for Teens." That same year, her whistleblower interview with F-22 Raptor pilots provided the first public personal accounts of the fighter's oxygen system troubles, spurring the Secretary of Defense to take action. Stahl's interview of a former CIA Clandestine Services chief about the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" on al Qaeda operatives sparked a national debate.
Stahl's two reports from the Middle East in the fall of 2010, "Unfinished Business," about Iraq, and "City of David," about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, were honored by the Overseas Press Club for Best Interpretation on International Affairs. Her reporting on the life of a young, musical savant won her an Edward R. Murrow award for feature reporting for her 2008 follow-up on Rex-Lewis Clack.
Prior to joining 60 MINUTES, Stahl served as CBS News White House correspondent during the Carter and Reagan presidencies and part of the term of George H. W. Bush. During much of that time, she also served as moderator of FACE THE NATION, CBS News' Sunday public-affairs broadcast, where she interviewed such newsmakers as Margaret Thatcher, Boris Yeltsin, Yasir Arafat, and virtually every top U.S. official, including George H. W. Bush and Vice President Dan Quayle. She was the co-host with Charles Kuralt 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 since joining CBS News in the Washington bureau in 1972 range from Watergate through the 1981 assassination attempt on President Reagan to the 1991 Gulf War.
Stahl won her first Emmy for reporting on a bombing in Beirut for the CBS Evening News in 1983. Other Emmy wins include a Lifetime Achievement Emmy in 2003; her FACE THE NATION interview with Sen. John Tower won Stahl her second statuette; her 60 MINUTES reports "How He Won the War," about former FDA Commissioner David Kessler's battle with the tobacco industry, and "Punishing Saddam," which exposed the plight of Iraqi citizens, both garnered Emmys as well. "Punishing Saddam" also won Stahl electronic journalism's highest honor, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton. Her profile of search engine giant Google earned her a 2005 Business and Financial Emmy award, and her timely 2006 interview of ex-Hewlett-Packard Chairwoman Patricia Dunn won an Emmy for coverage of a breaking news story.
In 1996, Stahl was awarded the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award, given by Quinnipiac College in Hamden, Connecticut, in recognition of her journalistic achievements. She was also honored that year by the Radio/Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) with an Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in Television for her 60 MINUTES report on the Michigan Militia. In 1990, she was honored with the Dennis Kauff Journalism Award for lifetime achievement in the news profession.
Born in Swampscott, MA, Stahl 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. They have a daughter, Taylor.