'60 Minutes' Newsman Steve Kroft Is Retiring - Find Out When

Steve Kroft

Steve Kroft

It's the end of an era for 60 Minutes: When Steve Kroft wraps up his 30th season with the newsmagazine, he is retiring, CBS has revealed.

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Kroft plans to announce his decision to step down on this Sunday's broadcast, the show's season finale. A special looking back at his career will air in September.

Kroft, who, at 73, has been with the venerable CBS news magazine since 1989, has filed almost 500 interviews and investigations for the show. "From Central America to a tour of duty in London, and back to NY, his destiny was clear - Kroft's investigative instincts and ability to unravel the most complex stories made him a ideal fit for the 60 Minutes team". Kroft's first assignment for the newsmag took him to radioactive Chernobyl. Notably, he sat down with former President Barack Obama 16 times. And his 1992 conversation with Bill and Hillary Clinton - which aired immediately after Super Bowl XXVI - arguably stands as one of his signature interviews.

His story on insider trading in the U.S. Congress drove the passage of the STOCK Act (Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge) of 2012. In today's announcement the news division declared of his best reports to be his 2000 story on nuclear-armed Pakistan's political instability. Kroft's reporting for the show has won two Silver Batons in Columbia University's Alfred I. duPont awards. Kroft covered the civil war in El Salvador and the invasion of Grenada before he was posted to the London Bureau, where he reported on European affairs and terrorism for CBS Evening News.

Veteran "60 Minutes" Steven Kroft will retire from the show where he has been a fixture since joining in 1989.

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