Steve Kroft, a veteran correspondent for CBS News, will open Fairfield University's Open Visions lecture series on Monday, Sept. 16, in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Kroft's talk, "My Years in Journalism," will include stories from his extensive career in war correspondence and with CBS News and "60 Minutes," including his experiences surviving a plane crash, covering wars in five continents, and meeting some of the world's most influential people.
Early in his career, Kroft served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam as a correspondent and photographer for Pacific Stars and Stripes. He became a foreign correspondent for CBS News in London covering terrorism in Europe and the Middle East, including the TWA hijacking in Beirut, the massacres at the Rome and Vienna airports by terrorists, and the Achille Lauro hijacking. He has also covered the war in Beirut and the violence in Northern Ireland. Kroft was named a "60 Minutes" correspondent in May 1989. In 2008 he interviewed President Barack and Michelle Obama for the first post-election sit-down with the new president. Kroft also reported on insider trading in the U.S. Congress in late 2011, had an exclusive interview with the president on the killing of Osama bin Laden, and revealed that author Greg Mortenson lied in his best-selling book, "Three Cups of Tea."
Kroft has won many awards including 10 Emmys and a Lifetime Achievement Emmy. His "60 Minutes" piece on the Immigration and Naturalization Service was cited when CBS News won the 2003 Overall Excellence Award from the Radio/Television News Directors Association, and his reporting on the involvement of Russian mafia in the smuggling of nuclear materials won the Renner Award.
There will be an informal discussion following Kroft's talk. Tickets for the lecture, which begins at 8 p.m., are $45 at the Quick Center box office. For more information, call 203 254-4010 or visit www.quickcenter.com.