"When I first came to '60 Minutes' I was surrounded by people that were among the best that have ever done television news. To stay there you have to show that you could do it. In twenty-some years I've shown that I can, that I was able to play on this court."
About This Interview
In his three-hour Archive interview, Steve Kroft details his early interest in journalism and his stint in the Army, where he reported for both the Armed Forces Radio and Stars & Stripes. He chronicles his time in local television in Jacksonville, Florida and in Syracuse, NY, where he was noticed by CBS and brought on board as a correspondent for The CBS Evening News. He discusses his various posts at CBS, including his time as a foreign correspondent and his year on the short-lived news magazine show West 57th. He speaks of his many years as a correspondent on the classic news documentary program 60 Minutes, and talks about reporting on Presidents, 9/11 and the Gulf War and the disaster at Chernobyl. Kroft recalls his working relationship with other 60 Minutes luminaries like Mike Wallace and Don Hewitt and describes what makes a good 60 Minutes correspondent. He speaks of the then-current state of television news, his legacy in television news and his advice to aspiring journalists. Dr. Ralph Engelman conducted the interview on November 14, 2011 in New York City, New York.