'60 Minutes' keeps on the news and is rewarded by viewers
FILE - "60 Minutes" correspondent Lesley Stahl poses for a photo in her office at the "60 Minutes" offices, in New York on Sept. 12, 2017. It's not the first time that's been said about “60 Minutes” since its 1968 debut. After executive producer Bill Owens turned the show primarily over to COVID-19 coverage last spring, “60 Minutes” has returned to its traditional format while being focused on being timely. “60 Minutes” this fall has featured interviews with fired government cybersecurity chief Chris Krebs, former President Barack Obama and poisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Original executive producer Don Hewitt often ran “60 Minutes” as an island unto itself.
Virus tests Lesley Stahl and CBS' '60 Minutes' on, off air
This image released by CBS News shows "60 Minutes" correspondent Lesley Stahl. At the same time, “60 Minutes” has dove into a breaking news story in ways that it seldom has before. She wasn't alone with coronavirus at “60 Minutes.” Owens declined to say how many others had it, but said everyone was well now. “60 Minutes” is no stranger to news, and became more topical when Jeff Fager replaced original producer Don Hewitt. Traditionally, “60 Minutes” essentially shuts down at the end of May for vacations and to prepare for next season's stories.