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 w...
And here we thought the Oscar races started early. Almost immediately after President Barack Obama was inaugurated into the White House for the second time, talk quickly turned to his successor. "So, Hillary Clinton is going to run for President in 2016, right?" asked everyone everywhere. In fact, 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft brought up that very subject during his joint interview with the President and the outgoing Secretary of State, which aired on Sunday night. (Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden presumably watched from home wondering if his invitation got lost in the mail and then remembered he was on Parks and Recreation and they weren't, so you know what, forget those guys anyway because Leslie Knope's endorsement is plenty for him, thankyouverymuch.)
While Clinton could neither confirm nor deny that she would be running in 2016 (she is, as she pointed out to Kroft, still Secretary of State and therefore can't discuss these sort of matters) she had plenty of ringing endorsements, unofficial or otherwise, from her good pal Barack. That's right, despite all their differences and that battle of a campaign back in 2008, these two are now not only distinguished colleagues, but friends, too. At the very least, come 2016, maybe these two can star as a wisecracking, no-nonsense buddy duo dramedy on TNT.
But, in case Rocky & Hills (move over, Rizzoli & Isles) doesn't make it to primetime and Clinton does run again, she's definitely got Barack on her side. Here are ten of the nicest things Obama had to say about his Secretary of State during their interview — which he said he wanted to have as a "public thank you" to the hard-working Mrs. Clinton. C'mon, tell us you can't see this on campaign posters in a few years:
- "I want the country to appreciate just what an extraordinary role she's played."
- "A lot of the successes we've had internationally is because of her hard work."
- "Her discipline, her stamina, her thoughfulness, her ability to project and make clear issues that are important to the American people."
- "I consider Hillary a strong friend."
- "[We have] a sense of trust and being in the foxhole together."
- "Bill and Hillary worked very hard for me."
- "Hillary has been one of the most important advisors that I've had on a whole range of issues."
- "I'm gonna miss her (as Secretary of State), I wish she was sticking around."
- "We both built some pretty thick skins."
- "[She's] ... a world figure."
- "Hilllllllaaaaarrrrrrrryyyyy, you guys, it's HILLARY!"
Okay, that last one isn't real, but it might as well be. The admiration and respect between these two figures was most certainly mutual during the interview and Hillary's statement that "the president and I care deeply about what's going to happen for our country in the future and I don't think either he or I can make predictions" sounded a bit like a veiled way of saying, "I'm not announcing my run, but if I was, Barack would be happy to pass the baton to me." You can watch both parts of the 60 Minutes segment, including discussion of Clinton's health issues and the Benghazi hearings here:
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"He went and took that show back and I think in a similar situation, if roles had been reversed, I know -- I know me, I wouldn't have done that," O'Brien says about Leno returning to his Tonight post in O’Brien’s absence.
He continued: "If I had surrendered The Tonight Show and handed it over to somebody publicly and wished them well -- and then ... six months later. But that's me, you know. Everyone's got their own, you know, way of doing things."
A Tonight Show-debacle refresher: O’Brien and NBC went their separate ways in January, quite contentiously, and Leno returned to the job he’d handed over six months prior.
On his dealings with NBC at the time, Conan says, "I think this relationship is going be toxic and maybe we just need to go our separate ways. That's really how it felt to me ... and I started to feel that I'm not sure these people even really want me here ... I can't do it [anymore]."
O’Brien recently found a new home at TBS, where his next late-night iteration will debut in November. The 60 Minutes interview can be seen Sunday at 7/6c on CBS.
McCartney to perform at Super Bowl halftime show
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New York TV network rejects promotion of Kinsey
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Jim Carrey lives a drug-free life
Actor and comedian Jim Carrey says he's quit all drugs. In an interview that aired Sunday with CBS' 60 Minutes, Carrey told reporter Steve Kroft that his reliance on the anti-depressant Prozac, never cured his depression. "I had to get off at a certain point because I realized that ... everything is just OK," said Carrey. Carrey now lives his life without any drugs or alcohol. "I rarely drink coffee. I am very serious about no alcohol, no drugs," he said. "Life is too beautiful." Carrey's film credits include Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Mask.
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Reporter for Stars and Stripes while serving in the army in Vietnam
Investigative reporter for Florida CBS affiliate
Interviewed presidential candidate Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary, after allegations of adultery threatened to derail his White House bid
Became correspondent and co-editor on "60 Minutes"
Named principal correspondent on "West 57th Street"
Joined CBS News Miami bureau
Joined CBS News as a New York reporter
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.<p>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."
born on April 9, 1994
Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University