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Steve Kroft
Born August 22, 1945 (1945-08-22) (age 64)
Kokomo, Indiana
Education Syracuse University, '67
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Spouse(s) Jennet Conant
Children John Conant Kroft
Official website

Steve Kroft (born August 22, 1945) is an American journalist and a longtime correspondent for 60 Minutes. His investigative reporting has garnered him much acclaim, including three Peabody Awards and nine Emmy awards, one of which was an Emmy for Lifetime Achievement.

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Biography

Early life

Born on August 22, 1945 in Kokomo, Indiana, Kroft attended Syracuse University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1967.[1] After his graduation, he was drafted into the United States Army and served in the Vietnam War.[2] He was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division in Cu Chi, where he was a reporter for the Armed Forces Network; he covered the Division's participation in the invasion of Cambodia. Kroft won several Army journalism awards for his work and a Bronze Star for Meritorius Achievement.[3] When the Division was redeployed, he was reassigned to the military newspaper Stars and Stripes as a correspondent and photographer.[2]

Shortly after receiving an honorable discharge from the army in 1971, he began his broadcast journalism career as a reporter for WSYR-TV in Syracuse, NY.[2] Kroft returned to academics in 1974, enrolling at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and earning his master's degree in 1975.[4] Upon graduation Kroft moved to Florida, where he worked for two stations owned by the Washington Post Company. As an investigative reporter for WJXT in Jacksonville, his reports on local corruption led to several grand jury investigations and established his reputation. In 1977 he moved to WPLG-TV in Miami, where his work came to the attention of CBS News.

CBS career

Kroft joined CBS News in 1980 as a reporter in its Northeast bureau, based out of New York City. The next year, he was named a correspondent and the network soon moved him to its Southwest Bureau in Dallas , where he stayed until 1983. That year, Kroft returned to Florida after CBS reassigned him to its Miami bureau. He was soon making frequent visits to the Caribbean and Latin America, covering the civil war in El Salvador and the U.S. invasion of Grenada.

In 1984, Kroft landed a job as a foreign correspondent at CBS's London bureau, where he traveled extensively to cover stories in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Many of his assignments involved international terrorism and sectarian violence, including the hijackings of TWA Flight 847 and Achille Lauro, the Rome and Vienna airport attacks of the Abu Nidal Organization, the Lebanese Civil War, and the violence in Northern Ireland. His report for the CBS Evening News on the assassination of Indira Gandhi won him an Emmy. In 1986, CBS News brought Kroft back to the United States to become a principal correspondent on a new magazine show called West 57th. He stayed in that position until the program was cancelled in the spring of 1989.

That September, Kroft and Meredith Viera, a West 57th colleague, joined 60 Minutes.[1] In 1990, he became the first American journalist to be given extensive access to the contaminated grounds of the Chernobyl nuclear facility, and his story won an Emmy.[4] After allegations of infidelity surfaced in the 1992 presidential election, then-Governor Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary, gave an exclusive interview to Kroft. The interview was one of the defining moments in the election.[1]

Kroft continued to file groundbreaking reports for 60 Minutes. A 1992 segment which detailed a friendly fire incident in the Gulf War won him his first Peabody Award.[2] Two of Kroft's stories in 1994, a profile of Senator Bob Dole and an exposé on the Cuban government's quarantine policy for people infected with AIDS, won Emmy awards.[1] In 2003, he and the rest of the 60 Minutes team were awarded Emmys for lifetime achievement.[5]

Kroft's interview style is highly respected by Barack Obama, who has accordingly given Kroft a high degree of access. In 2008 Obama granted Kroft, who had interviewed him on five prior occasions, his first interview after being elected President of the United States.[6]

He appeared as himself on an episode of Murphy Brown.[7] He played himself again in Woody Allen's 2000 movie, Small Time Crooks, in which he interviewed Allen's character for a segment on 60 Minutes.[8]

Personal

Kroft lives in New York with his wife, Jennet Conant, who is a journalist and author. They have one son, John Conant Kroft.[1]


Mr.Kroft has recently been confronted by Gallup.com about the statistics that he used when interviewing U.S. President Barack Obama on December 13, 2009. Mr.Kroft specifically stated in the interview that "Most Americans right now don't believe this war's worth fighting". Mr.Kroft then proceeded to question U.S. President Barack Obama about why he was proceeding forward with the war without public support. Gallup.com refutes Mr.Kroft's statements and presents data in their media statement, published two days after, that displays the opposite - that most Americans do support the war in Afghanistan.[9]

Awards

  • 9-time Emmy Award winner including a Lifetime Achievement Emmy in 2003[1]
  • 3-time Peabody Award winner[1]
  • 1992 recipient of the George Arents Medal, the highest honor given to a Syracuse University alumnus
  • Honorary Doctoral degrees from Indiana University; State University of New York, Binghamton; and Long Island University.
  • 2007 recipient of the Medallion of the University, the highest honor given by the University at Albany.[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Steve Kroft". CBS Broadcasting Inc.. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/1998/07/09/60minutes/bios/main13544.shtml. Retrieved 2006-11-16. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Four to receive honorary degrees". Inside Binghamton University. 2000-05-18. http://inside.binghamton.edu/May-June/18may00/degrees.html. Retrieved 2006-11-16. 
  3. ^ a b "UAlbany Honors 60 Minutes' Steve Kroft for Commitment to Journalistic Excellence". University of Albany New Release. 2007-09-17. http://www.albany.edu/campusnews/releases_403.htm. Retrieved 2008-04-28. 
  4. ^ a b "Steve Kroft Biography". Hollywood.com. http://www.hollywood.com/celebs/fulldetail/id/197868. Retrieved 2006-11-16. 
  5. ^ Rogers, Steve. "60 Minutes to Receive 2002 Lifetime Achievement Award for News & Documentary". The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. http://www.emmyonline.org/emmy/docu1.html. Retrieved 2006-11-16. 
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "Steve Kroft". Internet Movie Database. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0471901/. Retrieved 2006-11-16. 
  8. ^ Taylor, Charles (2000-05-19). ""Small Time Crooks"". Salon.com. http://www.salon.com/ent/movies/review/2000/05/19/crooks/index.html. Retrieved 2006-11-16. 
  9. ^ [2]







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