'60 Minutes' Names Bill Whitaker New Correspondent
The CBS News veteran will make his debut on the newsmagazine in the fall.
Bill Whitaker has been named a new 60 Minutes correspondent.
The CBS News veteran, currently based in Los Angeles, will move to New York and begin appearing on the long-running newsmagazine beginning in the fall, 60 Minutes executive producer and CBS News chairman Jeff Fager announced Thursday.
"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 has covered major news stories on the West Coast since 1992, serving as a regular contributor for CBS Evening News and other CBS News broadcasts. He has worked for Sunday Morning, profiling Barbra Streisand, Norman Lear and Gladys Knight, as well as a memorable profile of Mike Tyson. Whitaker has interviewed first lady Michelle Obama and Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto. Whitaker has also appeared on Showtime's 60 Minutes Sports.
Whitaker is a seasoned foreign correspondent and has covered Nelson Mandela's funeral in South Africa, the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the Haiti earthquake and the early stages of the Afghanistan war in Kabul. In 2008, he covered Mitt Romney's presidential campaign and was the lead reporter for the 2000 presidential campaign of George W. Bush.
Prior to Whitaker's move to Los Angeles in 1992, he was the CBS News Tokyo correspondent from 1989-92 and prior to that was based in Atlanta from 1985-88. He was previously a correspondent for WBTV, Charlotte's CBS affiliate, and began his career at San Francisco's KQED.
Whitaker has a bachelor's degree in American history from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a master's in African-American studies from Boston University; he also attended the Master of Journalism program at UC Berkeley. In 1997, Whitaker received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Whitaker's appointment fills a void left at CBS News when correspondent Byron Pitts, who contributed to 60 Minutes, exited for competitor ABC News last March. Veteran broadcaster Lara Logan has been on leave since November following a faulty 60 Minutes report.