’60 Minutes’ Lesley Stahl: How Much Does She Earn Per Year?

Journalist Lesley Stahl has been reporting in various roles with CBS since 1972 and joined 60 Minutes in 1991, making her now the longest-tenured correspondent on the news magazine.

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Lesley Stahl | M. Caulfield/WireImage for Television Critics Association

Find out Stahl’s take on the #MeToo movement as well as how much the television journalist earns each year.

Stahl is now the senior correspondent on the news magazine

With the retirement of Steve Kroft, Stahl is now the senior reporter on 60 Minutes. In an interview with CBS earlier this year, Stahl talked about the work that goes into forming each story viewers see on the Sunday news program and offered advice for up-and-coming journalists.

“You can’t just get up in the morning and read a little packet on your subject… you need that backlog of information to really be able to, in an interview, follow up with a subject, to ask interesting questions. So my advice is always just read all the time.”

How Stahl feels about #MeToo

Stahl admitted recently that the #MeToo movement has caused her to assess her own career and ascent to where she is now.

“My eyes have been opened,” she revealed to the Hollywood Reporter earlier this year. “There was an element of a boys club, even for me. But I didn’t feel it at the time because I put blinders on. I love what I do. I’m able to focus on my work. And then I go home. But I have had a little bit of an education about myself.”

In a separate interview with The Times Herald last year, the 77-year-old said, “What’s different today is if a woman makes an accusation in her office, she has a tribe. It’s a new tribe. It’s the #MeToo tribe. They do feel they belong to something, they’re not up there by themselves.” 

She continued, “It’s been profound, it’s been historic, and in some cases, it’s been unfair. There’s no sliding scale, there has to be some nuance here. Al Franken is not Harvey Weinstein. And yet they’re both gone and both careers are over.” 

What Stahl earns each year

Stahl recently reflected on her career. At the start of her tenure at CBS News, Stahl was assigned to investigate Watergate. Quickly promoted to White House correspondent, she was in that position for 20 years, reporting on the Carter and Reagan administrations. By 1991, she was ready for a change and switched over to 60 Minutes and she has been there since then.

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Lesley Stahl | Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

“I knew my colleagues saw me as a lightweight, unqualified to join the Super Bowl champs of TV news,” Stahl wrote in her 1999 memoirReporting Live. ”I had to find ways to convey my seriousness, to send out signals that I was resolute and earnest, not what the wrapping said I was. So I wore my glasses and worked round the clock.”

When Katie Couric arrived to CBS in 2006 to assume the evening news anchor position, CBS News asked Stahl to reduce her salary by $500,000 to accommodate Couric’s. Stahl earns $1.80 million in salary annually, according to earnthenecklace.com.

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