Stephen F Kroft, an American Journalist, is also a correspondent for 60- minutes was born on August 22, 1945. He has acclaimed Awards like – Peabody Awards and Nine Emmy Awards. Out of which, one was an Emmy for Lifetime Achievement.
|August 22, 1945, at Kokomo, Indiana, US
|Kokomo High School, Columbia University
|John Conant Kroft
Stephen Kroft Net Worth
Kroft born in Kokomo, Indiana was the son of Margaret and Fred Kroft. Kroft earned his Bachelor’s degree in the year 1967. He was one of the members of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Syracuse. He was in the United States Army after his Graduation as well as he served in the Vietnam War. He was also a Reporter for the Armed Forces Network where he covered the Division’s participation in the invasion of Cambodia. Again he was reassigned to the military newspaper ‘Stars and Stripes’ as a photographer and correspondent when the Decision was redeployed. After receiving the honourable discharge from the army in 1971, Kroft began his Journalism career as a Reporter for WSYR – TV in Syracuse, Newyork.
After enrolling from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Kroft earned his Master’s degree in the year 1975. Finally, he moved to Florida, where he worked for two stations owned by Washington Post Office. Eventually, in 1977, he moved to WPLG- TV in Miami, where his work got famous in the CBS News.
Kroft’s CBS Career
In the Year 1980, Steve joined in the Northeast Bureau, based out of New York City as a reporter in CBS News. Right after that year, Steve was named as a Correspondent, and he moved to Southwest Bureau, where he stayed until 1983. In the very same year, Kroft returned to Florida after CBS reassigned him to Miami Bureau. He4 soon started visiting the Caribbean and Latin America frequently while covering the Civil war in El Salvador and US Invasion of Grenada.
Steve started extensive travelling to cover the stories in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East when he got a job as a Foreign Correspondent at the CBS London Bureau. Many of his Assignments also involved International Terrorism and Sectarian Violence – Hijackings of TWA Flight 847 and Achille Lauro and also the Rome and Vienna airport attacks of the Abu Nidal Organization, The Lebanese Civil War. And even the violence in Northern Ireland.
Kroft won an Emmy for his report of CBS Evening News on the assassination of Indira Gandhi. In the year 1986, Kroft became a principal correspondent on a news magazine show called the West 57th. He was in the program until the year 1989.
On that very September of the same year, Kroft and his West 57th Colleague joined ’60 Minutes’ as well. Kroft was the first American Journalist who was also given extensive access to the Contaminated Grounds of the Chernobyl Nuclear Facility in the year 1990 as well. Also, this story won him an Emmy. Kroft also interviewed the Governor – Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary in the 1992 Presidential Elections. Kroft’s Interview was one of the defining moments in the Election.
In 1994, two of the Kroft’s stories also won Emmy Awards that are – ‘a profile of Senator Bob Dale and Expose on the Cuban Government’s QuarantinePolicy for people infected with AIDS.
In the Year 2003, he and his team for 60 Minutes team were Awarded Emmy’s for lifetime achievement.
During an interview with Clint Eastwood, Kroft asked him, “How many Kids do you have’? For which Eastwood responded, ‘I have a few’. Over which Kroft broached the subject with a declarative question, “Seven Kids with five women right’?. Eastwood did not answer and stared at Steven silence for about 30 seconds. Kroft retired from 60 minutes on May 19th 2019 on the 30th season of his show.
Kroft’s Presidential Interviews
While Interviewing US President Barack Obama on Dec 13, 2009, Kroft was corrected by the Gallup.com on public opinion that he cited. In the interview, he stated that “Most American’s right now do not believe that this war is worth fighting”. And Kroft questioned President Obama about the war without even Public support. Frank Newport, Gallup’s Editor in chief, challenged Kroft’s statement and presented data, that indicated – American’s were split on the War in Afghanistan’.
Kroft lives in a New York City with his wife, Jennet Conant who is a journalist as well as an author. They also have a son, John Conant Kroft who attends the Julliard School. Several reports have also stated that Kroft was admitted to an affair with Lisa Goines, a married Manhatten Lawyer who is a graduate of Columbia Law School. He played several roles like, one in the episode of ‘Murphy Brown’ and then again in Woody Allen’s 2000 movie, ‘Small-time Crooks’ in which he interviewed Allen’s character for a segment on his show, ’60 Minutes’.
He has won 11-time Emmy Award including a Lifetime Achievement Emmy in 2003. Also, he is a 5 time Peabody Award Winner, two times Columbia University DuPont Award Winner, 1992 George Arents Medal – that is the highest honour given to a Syracuse University alumnus. He received two Awards in 2007 – Medallion of the University – the highest honour given byUniversity of Albany and also ‘Gerald Loeb Award’ for Television Enterprise Business Journalism. In 2009 as well, he received Gerald Loeb Award for TV Breaking News business journalism for, “Economic Crisis”. In 201o, he received the Paul White Award and Finally in 2014; he received the Gerald Loeb Award for Personal Finance Business Journalism.