Lesley Stahl Has Been a '60 Minutes' Correspondent for 29 Years — Facts about Her Life & Career

Odette Odendaal
Oct 26, 2020
10:18 A.M.
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A familiar face on CBS, there is a mountain of experience behind Lesley Stahl that helped her blossom in the role of a reporter on 60 Minutes - shoes she's filled for almost three decades.


A veteran journalist for CBS News, Lesley Stahl caused the occasional high profile person to walk out on her interview with them in the past, but that doesn't even come close to her most notable reporting over the years.

Also, a mother and a wife, Stahl's private life, came to be through her work as well.  But like everyone else, she had been trying to navigate the difficult year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic and came out the other end with a story of her own to tell.



In 1971, Stahl moved over to CBS News after beginning her career as an on-air reporter and a producer for Boston's Channel 5, WHDH-TV. After becoming a correspondent for CBS News in 1974, Stahl later moved to "60 Minutes" as a reporter, after which came her most notable career moments to date.

Stahl covered Watergate; she broke the news that negotiations between former President Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan had broken down at the 1980 Republican National Convention. She was also the one whom Al Gore told during an interview for "60 Minutes" that he had no intention of running for president in 2004.



In March, when COVID-19 swept through the New York offices of CBS News, Stahl contracted the disease along with several other staffers at "60 Minutes." Unwillingly, Stahl had broken the first rule of journalism. 


For two weeks, Stahl spent fighting the disease at home before she went to the hospital where "overworked" staff sympathetically got her well enough again to go home. Lamenting that her situation turned out that way, she reportedly said at the time:

"One of the rules of journalism is 'don't become part of the story.' But instead of covering the pandemic, I was one of the more-than-one million Americans who did become part of it."



Through work and whatever else comes her way, Stahl has her husband, Aaron Latham, and their daughter Taylor to count on. Through their first meeting, Stahl made it clear to Aaron that she was not to be trifled with.

In August 1973, Latham, the then editor of Esquire, was advised to get information from Stahl regarding Watergate, since she covered it as a CBS rookie at the time.

However, Latham made the mistake of calling Stahl after working hours at home. She promptly barked at the inconsiderate editor to call her at the office in the morning before she hung up the phone. They married four years later in February 1977.


Lesley Stahl and Aaron Latham celebrate the Launch of "Little Barrel" on November 7, 2008, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images.


"CBS This Morning" anchors reunited in the studio, coming together at work for the first time since March and they could hardly contain their excitement. Tiny Dokoupil, Gayle King, and Anthony Mason all beamed with happy smiles as got back to their seats around the table.

CBS and Dokoupil proudly shared their joyful reunion with fans, and even though they kept the regulated 20 feet apart, they loved being back under the same roof.


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