Lesley Stahl Biography
Lesley Stahl is an American Emmy award-winning correspondent, moderator, host, anchor, and News reporter working for CBS News. She joined the network in March 1991 as a news anchor.
Lesley Stahl Education
After graduating from high school and earning her Diploma in General Education, she had to further her education. She joined Wheaton College to pursue her course. In 1963, she graduated cum laude with a degree in History. She later served on the board of trustees. Stahl currently serves on the board of the New York City Ballet.
Lesley Stahl Career
Stahl serves the network as a correspondent, and her reporting includes surprising features, investigations, political scoops, and award-winning foreign reporting. In September 2021, she began her 30th season on 60 Minutes. She covered an unprecedented 60 Minutes interview with President Donald Trump from which he abruptly left and then released the White House’s video recording of the raw interview before that Sunday’s broadcast and a post-January 6 tour of the Capitol with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whose office was ransacked by the rioters.
In 2007, Pelosi gave Stahl her first TV interview as Speaker of the House, and also in 2019 when she returned as Speaker. Stahl broke news in interviews with former National Security Council official Fiona Hill and Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny. She also did an interview with the new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and revealed it, becoming the subject of headlines and political talk shows. Her report on how some police recruit vulnerable young people for dangerous jobs as confidential informants won her an Emmy in 2015 and her interview with the widow of a slain hostage offered a rare look inside the technically illegal process of negotiating with terrorists.
She covered two reports from the Middle East in the fall of 2010, “City of David,” about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and “Unfinished Business,” about Iraq. Stahl also covered a life story of a young, musical savant, reporting for her 2008 follow-up on the boy, Rex Lewis-Clack. She has an impressive portfolio of interviews with CEOs, featuring Reed Hastings of Netflix, Beth Ford of Land O’Lakes, Susan Wojcicki of YouTube, Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, and Larry Page of Google.
Before joining 60 Minutes, she was the first woman to be a White House correspondent while working for CBS News. It was during the Carter and Reagan presidencies and part of the term of George H. W. Bush. Her reports appeared frequently on the CBS Evening News, first with Walter Cronkite, then with Dan Rather, and on other CBS News broadcasts. In 2019, she interviewed Steve Kroft on his retirement. She paid tribute to her 60 Minutes colleagues in special reports Bob Simon, Morley Safer, and Mike Wallace.
From September 1983 to May 1991, she worked as a moderator of Face The Nation, a CBS News Sunday public affairs broadcast. She interviewed newsmakers like Yasser Arafat, Boris Yeltsin, Margaret Thatcher, and almost every top U.S. official including Vice President Dan Quayle and George H. W. Bush while working for Face The Nation. Stahl was a host of “America Tonight,” a daily CBS News late-night broadcast of interviews and essays alongside Charles Kuralt from October 1990 to March 1991.
Lesley Stahl Age
Stahl is 81 years old as of 2022. She was born on December 16, 1941, in Lynn, Massachusetts, United States. Stahl celebrates her birthday on the 16th of December every year.
Lesley Stahl Height
Stahl stands at an approximate height of 5 feet 6 inches.
Lesley Stahl Family
Stahl was born in the Boston suburb of Lynn, Massachusetts to a Jewish family. She was raised in Swampscott, Massachusetts by her mother Dorothy J., and her father Louis E. Stahl, a food company executive. Stahl was brought up along with her brother Jeffery Stahl.
Lesley Stahl Husband
Stahl is married to her better half Aaron Latham who is an author. The two tied the knot on February 17, 1977. Together they are proud parents to their daughter, Taylor Stahl Latham. They also have two granddaughters, Jordan and Chloe. Unfortunately, Aaron died in 2022. Previously, she was married to Jeffrey Gordon. They married in 1964 and divorced in 1967.
Lesley Stahl Net Worth
Stahl has an estimated net worth ranging between $1 Million – $5 Million which she has earned from her successful career as a correspondent, moderator, host, anchor, and News reporter.
Lesley Stahl Salary
Stahl earns an annual salary ranging between $40,000 – $ 110,500.
In 2013, Stahl was honored with an Edward R. Murrow award and in 2014, she won two Emmys, one for an eye-opening story about China’s huge real estate bubble, and another one for the Guantanamo series. Later in 2014, she was honored with the Founders Award for Journalistic Excellence by the International Center For Journalists. She has received several awards and honors throughout her career.
These awards include Emmys, the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award, given by Quinnipiac College, in recognition of her journalistic achievements (1996), the Dennis Kauff Journalism Award for lifetime achievement in the news profession (1990), and an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Silver Baton in 1996 for “Punishing Saddam,” which exposed the plight of Iraqi citizens, mostly children, suffering the effects of the United Nations sanctions against Iraq.
In addition to her awards, she won The Overseas Press Club award(2012), an Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in Television(2013), International Center For Journalists Founders Award for Journalistic Excellence(2014), and a Radio Television Digital News Association’s Paul White Award for Lifetime Achievement(2015).
Apart from her journalism career, she is also an author. Her two granddaughters Jordan and Chloe, are the subjects of her book, “Becoming Grandma: the Joy and Science of the New Grandparenting.” She shares stories about her own life with granddaughters Jordan and Chloe, about how her relationship with her daughter, Taylor, has changed, and about how being a grandfather has affected her husband, Aaron.
Stahl also published “Reporting Live,” which touches on themes that have defined the later part of this century: the changing role of the press in politics, television’s coming of age, and the dilemma of the professional woman. Her experiences covering Washington for more than 20 years became the subject of her book.
In it, she recalls covering Watergate – from the break-in in 1972 to the Impeachment hearings of President Nixon in 1974 – as well as the 1981 assassination attempt on President Reagan, and the 1991 Gulf War. She reported on the U.S.-Russian summit meetings and the economic summits of the industrialized countries, as well as the national political conventions and election nights, throughout her career.
Lesley Stahl CBS News
Stahl works at CBS News where he works alongside other famous CBS News anchors, reporters, meteorologists, and sports anchors including;
- John Dickerson
- Seth Doane
- Tony Dokoupil
- Jericka Duncan
- Vladimir Duthiers
- Carter Evans
- Pamela Falk
- Major Garrett
- Jeff Glor
- Catherine Herridge
- Caitlin Huey-Burns
- Ramy Inocencio
- Dana Jacobson
- Gayle King
- Ian Lee
- Lilia Luciano
- Michelle Miller
- Erin Moriarty
- Ed O’Keefe
- Meg Oliver