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Also Known As: Lesley R Stahl Died:
Born: December 16, 1941 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Swampscott, Massachusetts, USA Profession: news anchor, news commentator, TV journalist, correspondent, editor, author

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Savvy political news reporter and moderator whose on-camera professionalism made her stand out in more than two decades of reporting for CBS News from the nation's capitol. As host for the network's premiere public affairs broadcast, "Face the Nation", her blonde, meticulously groomed good looks and "go for the jugular" questioning style made her one of television's more formidable interviewers and investigative journalists. Dedicated, persistent and tough are some of the adjectives used to describe Stahl's hard-hitting style.A Massachusetts native who graduated cum laude from Wheaton College, Stahl managed to distinguish herself from the very beginning of her two decade-long career at CBS News. Able to ask tough questions and get the answers they demand, Stahl has remained one of the few "serious" women reporters who has achieved celebrity status and yet not let herself drift into the gray areas of entertainment journalism.Stahl has reported on every U.S.-Soviet summit meeting since 1978, every economic summit since 1979 and every national political convention and election night since 1974. Prior to being named co-editor for "60 Minutes" in 1991, Stahl covered the administrations of three American...

Savvy political news reporter and moderator whose on-camera professionalism made her stand out in more than two decades of reporting for CBS News from the nation's capitol. As host for the network's premiere public affairs broadcast, "Face the Nation", her blonde, meticulously groomed good looks and "go for the jugular" questioning style made her one of television's more formidable interviewers and investigative journalists. Dedicated, persistent and tough are some of the adjectives used to describe Stahl's hard-hitting style.

A Massachusetts native who graduated cum laude from Wheaton College, Stahl managed to distinguish herself from the very beginning of her two decade-long career at CBS News. Able to ask tough questions and get the answers they demand, Stahl has remained one of the few "serious" women reporters who has achieved celebrity status and yet not let herself drift into the gray areas of entertainment journalism.

Stahl has reported on every U.S.-Soviet summit meeting since 1978, every economic summit since 1979 and every national political convention and election night since 1974. Prior to being named co-editor for "60 Minutes" in 1991, Stahl covered the administrations of three American presidents for CBS News as White House correspondent beginning in 1978. She also co-anchored the weekly CBS News late night broadcast "America Tonight" as well as moderated "Face the Nation with Leslie Stahl", CBS News' top rated weekly public affairs broadcast from 1983 to 1991. She interviewed such newsmakers as Margaret Thatcher, Daniel Ortega, Boris Yeltsin, Yasir Arafat and most top U.S. officials.

While friends and foes in the news business have sometimes described Stahl as "too aggressive"--she has been known to steal stories from competitors--Stahl has shrugged off the criticism as just her doggedness to achieve results. "I'm totally driven to get the story," she told COSMOPOLITAN magazine. "I'm compelled. I can't stop."

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Eagle Eye (2008)
4.
5.
 Intimate Portrait: Connie Chung (2000) Narration
6.
 Election Night 2000 (2000) Correspondent
7.
 Intimate Portrait: Lesley Stahl (1999) Interviewee
9.
 60 Minutes at 30 (1998)
10.
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Swampscott, Massachusetts
1964:
Speech writer for New York Mayor John Lindsay
1968:
Joined NBC News as a writer-researcher for the Nixon-McGovern Presidential campaign
1970:
Returned to her native Massachusetts to work for CBS affiliate WHDH as a producer (date approximate)
1971:
Became on-air reporter at WHDH
1972:
Joined CBS News as a Washington-based reporter
1974:
Named CBS correspondent
1978:
Named co-anchor, "CBS Morning News"
1979:
Was CBS White House correspondent
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Served as CBS News national affairs correspondent
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Moderated "Face the Nation with Leslie Stahl"
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CBS News national affairs correspondent
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Again served as CBS White House correspondent
1991:
Named co-editor of "60 Minutes"
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Education

Wheaton College: Norton , Massachusetts - 1963

Notes

"Being hard on myself was quite deliberate. In my analysis of the presidents I covered, I did the good and bad. . . . If I was going to do that to them, I had to do that to myself." --Lesley Stahl about writing her memoirs, quoted in "Names & Faces" column of THE BOSTON GLOBE, January 20, 1999

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husband:
Jeffrey Gordon. Doctor. Married in 1964; divorced.
companion:
Bob Woodward. Reporter. Dated briefly in the mid-1970s when both were covering Watergate.
companion:
Bob Dole. Politician. Dated briefly in the 1970s.
husband:
Aaron Latham. Author, screenwriter. Born c. 1943; eloped in 1977.
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mother:
Dolly Stahl. Born c. 1918.
father:
Louis Stahl. Businessman. Owned company Stahl Finish, which produced chemicals to treat and finish leather died on August 29, 1994 at age 80.
brother:
Jeff Stahl. Real estate executive. Born c. 1943.
daughter:
Taylor Latham. Born c. 1977.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Reporting Live" Simon & Schuster

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