A television news fixture who is one of the most familiar faces of CBS’s “60 Minutes” is retiring. The network announced today that Steve Kroft, who has been a part of CBS News since 1980, will step down after the long-running newsmagazine’s 51st-season finale, which airs this Sunday, May 19.
Kroft, 73, has been on the program for 30 seasons, and is currently its longest-tenured reporter. “60 Minutes” will pay tribute to his 50-year career as a journalist with a special broadcast in September.
“Steve Kroft’s reporting for ’60 Minutes’ has been as important as any correspondent’s in the history of this broadcast,” said executive producer Bill Owens. “Steve, with his sharp eye for detail, rich writing and demanding journalism, has set the bar at ’60 Minutes’ for three decades.”
Kroft’s last segment will be an investigation into bank fraud, airing this Sunday.
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