WATCH Magazine: October 2022: Ghosts

Getting Here Lesley Stahl: The beginning of my life at CBS News wasn’t really as an interviewer, because I did Watergate as a number two. I was learning by observing. Water- gate lasted so long that it did allow me to learn every- thing: how to develop a source, how to investigate, how to stay with it and not give up. Most young reporters don’t get that chance. The idea that you could follow one thread for so long was the best education. Bill Whitaker: CBS Evening News was my home for decades. When you come [to 60 Minutes ], you have the resources and the time and the support to go out and tell the absolute best story possible. You always try to do that with the Evening News , but it’s rushed. We’ve got 13 and a half minutes to tell a story on 60 Minutes , which in television time is an eternity. Anderson Cooper: I grew up watching 60 Minutes . When I was first approached to do 60 Minutes II , I couldn’t believe it. The first time I said, “I’m Anderson Cooper”—it was a dream come true. I love working on multiple stories that are completely different: from working on an interview with Tony Bennett for his

Recent segments include (clockwise, from far left): Bill Whitaker’s report from the Green River Drift; CBS Evening News anchor and 60 Minutes contributor Norah O’Donnell’s interview with former defense secretary Mark Esper; Jon Wertheim’s profile of WNBA star Sue Bird; Scott Pelley’s interview with Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky; Anderson Cooper’s interview with Tony Bennett and his family; Sharyn Alfonsi’s meeting with the Taliban minister of health

concert with Lady Gaga, to a hard news story, to inter- viewing Laurie Anderson about her extraordinary life in the world of art. Sharyn Alfonsi: I had three jobs I always wanted to do: I wanted to write the great Southern novel, but then my dad said, “Are the big Southern novel companies hiring?” I loved 6 0 Minutes . Loved it. I thought I either wanted to be a reporter for 60 Minutes or to write the news on Saturday Night Live . SNL is still my backup. Jon Wertheim: The learning curve is very much still ongoing [Wertheim has a magazine background and is currently the executive editor at Sports Illustrated ]. In some ways, it’s like what I’ve always done: try to ask probing questions, add something new and inform and entertain, and keep it in time constraints. But in other ways, it’s completely different. I did a piece on how

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