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Why they matter: It may have been a challenging season for the news division's venerable and still top-rated 60 Minutes. But Fager is adamant that the broadcast has recovered from an October report that failed to vet an eyewitness account during the U.S. embassy attacks in Benghazi, Libya. "'Recovered' is one way of putting it," says Fager, 59, a married father of three grown kids. "We all make mistakes, and that was a tough one for us. It's a very resilient organization as long as you don't walk past something like that. We learned a lot from it." Fager has added veteran CBS News anchor Bill Whitaker to 60's stable of correspondents, and the division is expanding its footprint with a digital streaming service, spearheaded by Rhodes, set to launch in the fall. "It's going to take time," admits Rhodes, 40, who is married with two young sons. "But we want to accomplish a technological transition and do it in a way that reinforces everything that we're doing on broadcast TV."

Proudest accomplishment this year: "The Assad interview, easily," says Rhodes. Charlie Rose sat down with Syrian President Basharal-Assad in September, weeks after 1,400 Syrian men, women and children were killed in a chemical attack. Adds Fager, "It symbolized what we hope to accomplish on a daily basis: big important story, right in the heart of it, difficult to get."