Steve Kroft ’67 joined the 60 Minutes television news magazine in May 1989 and delivered his first report that September. The 2011-12 season is his 23rd on the broadcast. Kroft reported one of the biggest news stories of 2011, getting the only interview of President Barack Obama on the killing of Osama bin Laden.
Kroft’s work on the program has earned numerous awards, including the 2010 Paul White Award by the Radio, Television and Digital News Association, the highest honor from the industry’s peer association. Kroft is the only 60 Minutes correspondent to win two Peabody Awards in the same year, bringing his total number of Peabody awards to five. He received the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for his joint investigation with The Washington Post on the forensic science of bullet lead analysis; the Sigma Delta Chi Award for the same story; and the coveted Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia University silver baton for his investigation into the disappearance of $500 million from the Iraq treasury. He has won Quinnipiac University’s Fred Friendly First Amendment Award, as well as 11 Emmy awards. In 2003, he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Emmy for his considerable body of work.
Before joining 60 Minutes, Kroft was a principal correspondent on the CBS News magazine West 57th. He served as a correspondent for CBS News, based in London, where he covered international terrorism in Europe and the Middle East. Prior to his assignment in London, he was a correspondent in the CBS News Miami bureau and traveled extensively in Latin America and the Caribbean. During that time, he covered the civil war in El Salvador and the U.S. invasion of Grenada. Kroft joined CBS News in January 1980 as a reporter in the Northeast bureau in New York. He was named a correspondent in May 1981 and worked out of the Dallas bureau until 1983. Before joining CBS News, Kroft was a reporter for WPLG-TV Miami, WJXT-TV Jacksonville, Florida, and WSYR-TV Syracuse, New York. He served with the United States Army in Vietnam as a correspondent and photographer for Pacific Stars and Stripes.
A graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Kroft was honored by SU in 1992 with the Arents Award, the University’s highest alumni honor. He earned a master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Indiana University. He is a member of the Syracuse University Board of Trustees.