Lesley Stahl Biography
Lesley Stahl whose full name is Lesley Rene Stahl is an American award-winning journalist known for being a CBS News, 60 Minutes reporter, and a CBS news white house correspondent. She is America’s most honored and experienced broadcast journalist, and her career has been marked by political scoops, investigations, surprising features, and award-winning foreign reporting. She is the author of two best-selling books, Reporting Live, about her work as a White House correspondent, and the more recent, Becoming Grandma.
Lesley Stahl Age
Stahl was born on 16 December 1941, in Lynn, Massachusetts, United States. Therefore as of 2022, the CBS journalist is age 81 years.
Lesley Stahl Height
Rene Stahl stands at a height of 1.6 m and her weight is about 60 kg.
Lesley Stahl Family
Rene Stahl was born to an Ashkenazi Jewish family in the Boston suburb of Lynn, Massachusetts, and was raised in Swampscott, Massachusetts. She is the daughter of Dorothy J. Tishler her mother, a screenwriter, and Louis E. Stahl her father who was a food company executive. Additionally, she has a brother named Jeffery Stahl.
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Lesley Stahl Husband
Stahl married author Aaron Latham in 1977 and together they have a daughter, Taylor Stahl Latham. Unfortunately, Latham died on Saturday, July 2022 at Bryn Mawr Hospital in Pennsylvania. It was clear that Aaron had Parkinson’s Disease and his health worsened after he contracted COVID-19 in 2020. Stahl first met her husband as they both reported on the Watergate scandal in 1972, when Latham wrote for New York Magazine. Latham was born on October 3, 1943, in Spur, Texas, and graduated from Amherst College in 1966. He was the editor of the school’s newspaper and later on received his Ph.D. from Princeton. From 1964 to 1967, Stahl was previously married to Jeffrey Gordon.
Lesley Stahl Career
Stahl attended Wheaton College in Massachusetts, becoming an honors graduate, majoring in history. Stahl kicked off her 30th season on 60 Minutes in September 2021, having joined the broadcast as a correspondent in March 1991. She started her TV broadcasting career at Boston’s original Channel 5, WHDH-TV, as a producer and on-air reporter. She joined CBS News in 1971 and became a correspondent in 1974. Moreover, she credited her CBS News hire to the Federal Communications Commission’s 1972 inclusion of women in its affirmative action mandate. Stahl was the mentor of CBS news producer Susan Zirinsky. She became popular after making coverage of Watergate. Additionally, Rene Stahl was the moderator of Face the Nation from September 1983 to May 1991. She became a White House correspondent during the presidencies of Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush.
At CBS, she has made coverage of the 1981 assassination attempt on President Reagan, and the 1991 Gulf War. She has also reported on the United States-Russian summit meetings and the economic summits of the industrialized countries. Likewise, she has as well made reports on national political conventions and election nights, throughout her career. Back in 1998, Stahl appeared on the NBC sitcom Frasier, playing her role in the episode Desperately Seeking Closure. From 2002 to 2004, she hosted 48 Hours Investigates. What’s more, is that Stahl made headlines when Al Gore appeared on 60 Minutes in 2002. Nevertheless, Katie Couric was hired and CBS News asked Stahl to reduce her salary by $500,000 to accommodate Couric’s salary.
Stahl gained attraction in 2007 for her interview with the then-French President Nicolas Sarkozy for 60 Minutes. Back in 2008, Lesley Stahl was one of the founding members of wowOwow.com and by the end of 2010, it had merged into PureWow, a Web site aimed at younger women. In 2014, Lesley worked as a correspondent for a documentary show about climate change, Years of Living Dangerously. Becoming Grandma: The Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting, her second book was published in 2016.
CBS in the 2020s
Rene Stahl interviewed President Trump on October 20, 2020, for a segment on 60 Minutes during the 2020 United States presidential election campaign. On October 22, Trump released the full interview on Facebook before its official release on 60 Minutes on October 25. In May 2021, she got criticism from LGBTQ advocacy groups about transgender healthcare for a 60 Minutes special. These are some of the other anchors that Stahl works with at CBS News:
Awards and Recognition
Currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Stahl is also on the Board of Selectors of Jefferson Awards for Public Service. Stahl has won a total of 13 News & Documentary Emmy Awards including one for Lifetime Achievement. In 1990 she bagged The Dennis Kauff Journalism Award for lifetime achievement in the news profession. She also won The Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement in 1994 and The Fred Friendly First Amendment Award from Quinnipiac College in 1996. Likewise the same year, she won the Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia University Silver Baton for the Punishing Saddam segment. In 2004, Stahl bagged the Gerald Loeb Award for Television Long Form business journalism for The Jobless Recovery.
In 2008 Rene Stahl achieved a Doctorate of Humane Letters honoris causa from Colgate University and Loyola College in Maryland. Back in 2012, she won The Overseas Press Club award and The Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in Television in 2013. The next year, Stahl won The International Center For Journalists Founders Award for Journalistic Excellence. She also won The Radio Television Digital News Association’s Paul White Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2015.
Lesley Stahl Salary
Stahl’s salary is about $8 million per year.
Lesley Stahl’s Net Worth
Stahl’s estimated net worth is $80 million. Her primary source is from her career as a CBS news white house correspondent and journalist for 60 Minutes (CBS News). Moreover, she is also an author.
Social Media Accounts
Stahl is active on social media and she posts personal and work-related stuff from time to time. She has over 2000 followers on Instagram, 10k on Facebook, and 27k on Twitter.