Bill Whitaker Named New 60 MINUTES Correspondent
CBS News veteran Bill Whitaker has been named a 60 Minutes correspondent, it was announced today by Jeff Fager, the executive producer of 60 Minutes and the chairman of CBS News. Whitaker is based in Los Angeles and will move to the New York area and begin appearing in the fall on the CBS newsmagazine, America's most-watched news program.
"Bill Whitaker is one of the great veterans of CBS News. He has had a distinguished career covering just about every kind of story all over the world," said Fager. "Bill is a natural fit at 60 Minutes and it's exciting that he has agreed to join us."
Whitaker, an Emmy-winner, has covered virtually all of the major news stories in the West since he was posted to Los Angeles in 1992, reporting regularly for the CBS Evening News and other CBS News broadcasts. He also has worked for SUNDAY MORNING, turning out feature stories and thoughtful profiles, including on Barbra Streisand, Norman Lear and Gladys Knight. One of his most memorable SUNDAY MORNING profiles was of ex-boxer Mike Tyson. He has interviewed First Lady Michelle Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.
This season, he appeared on 60 Minutes Sports on SHOWTIME, profiling April Vokey, the Northwest's famous fly-fishing guide who has changed the face of the sport.