Methodical in his approach to a story, Steve Kroft is the youngest of the reporters on "60 Minutes", the venerable magazine format news show he joined in 1989. Kroft began his career in TV reportage with WSYR-TV in Syracuse, NY in 1972 and later worked at CBS affiliate WJXT-TV from 1975-77 in Jacksonville, Florida. He has covered myriad events and issues in his tenure at CBS, from the war in El Salvador to the assassination of Indira Gandhi. But he is perhaps best recalled for his 1992 interview with then candidate Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Rodham Clinton after allegations of Clinton's affair with Gennifer Flowers had reached the press. While no one accused Kroft of going soft on Clinton, many believe Clinton was able to redeem himself during the course of the "60 Minutes" segment.
Kroft had previously distinguished himself when he joined the slightly glitzy "street beat" New York-based newsmagazine "West 57th Street" (1986-89), acting as its principal correspondent. When the show was canceled, he was shifted to "60 Minutes." The square-faced, blue-eyed correspondent has investigated Retin-A, Saddam Hussein, and was the first American reporter allowed to tour Chernobyl after the nuclear accident (1990). He won an Emmy for his Chernobyl reportage as well as for investigating the Yates Oil Company in New Mexico. Kroft also earned a Peabody Award (1992) for a segment on a friendly fire incident during the Persian Gulf War, including tape not seen previously. Kroft interviewed Woody Allen after the scandalous demise of his relationship with Mia Farrow and did a well-received profile of savings and loan debacle figure Charles Keating Jr. In 1993, Kroft played himself in an episode of the CBS sitcom "Murphy Brown."