21 Facts About Lesley Stahl


Lesley Rene Stahl was born on December 16,1941 and is an American television journalist.


Lesley Stahl has spent most of her career with CBS News, where she began as a producer in 1971.


Lesley Stahl is known for her news and television investigations and award-winning foreign reporting.


Lesley Stahl's reports appeared frequently on the CBS Evening News, first with Walter Cronkite then with Dan Rather and on other CBS News broadcasts.


Lesley Stahl was born in 1941 to a Jewish family in the Boston suburb of Lynn, Massachusetts, and was raised in Swampscott, Massachusetts.


Lesley Stahl is the daughter of Dorothy J and Louis E Stahl, a food company executive.


Lesley Stahl attended Wheaton College in Massachusetts, where she was an honors graduate, majoring in history.


Lesley Stahl began her television broadcasting career at Boston's original Channel 5, WHDH-TV, as a producer and on-air reporter.


Lesley Stahl joined CBS News in 1971, and became a correspondent in 1974.


Lesley Stahl was the mentor of CBS news producer Susan Zirinsky.


Lesley Stahl was the moderator of Face the Nation between September 1983 and May 1991.


Lesley Stahl reported on the US-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 has written two books, the first of which, Reporting Live, was published in 1999:.


In 2002, Lesley Stahl made headlines when Al Gore appeared on 60 Minutes and revealed for the first time that he would not run for president again in 2004.


When Katie Couric was hired, CBS News asked Lesley Stahl to reduce her salary by $500,000 to accommodate Couric's salary, bringing her salary down to $1.8 million.


In 2007, Lesley Stahl gained attraction for her interview with the then-French President Nicolas Sarkozy for a 60 Minutes when the President abruptly ended the conversation and walked out, calling it "stupid" and a "big mistake".


Lesley Stahl was a founding member in 2008, along with Liz Smith, Mary Wells Lawrence, and Joni Evans, of wowOwow.


In May 2021, Lesley Stahl received criticism from LGBTQ advocacy groups for a 60 Minutes special about transgender healthcare.


In 1977, Lesley Stahl married author Aaron Latham and they have a daughter.


Lesley Stahl is a currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Lesley Stahl is on the Board of Selectors of Jefferson Awards for Public Service.