’60 Minutes’: Lesley Stahl’s Net Worth and The Best Day of Her Life
60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl has been a seasoned reporter on the news program since 1991. A journalist with CBS News for an incredible 42 years, Stahl is respected for being straightforward and willing to ask powerful and influential people questions they might not want to be asked on broadcast television.
Here’s what we know about her net worth and about what she calls the best day of her life.
Stahl’s net worth
Lesley Stahl’s net worth is $40 million, according to CelebrityNetWorth.com. Her wealth may be from family inheritance, combined with her salary from her four decades of employment at CBS News.
When Stahl started at CBS News, she was reporting and investigating Watergate. She was promoted to the network’s White House correspondent — setting a precedent as the first female journalist at the network to do so. She served almost twenty years in that position, reporting on the Carter and Reagan presidencies, and a bit of the first Bush presidency. In 1991, she joined 60 Minutes and has worked for the show ever since.
“I knew my colleagues saw me as a lightweight, unqualified to join the Super Bowl champs of TV news,” Stahl wrote in her 1999 memoir, Reporting 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.”
Stahl is a tough interviewer
Early in her time at 60 Minutes, Stahl received golden interviewing advice from fellow reporter Mike Wallace, known as a ferocious interviewer, who died in 2012.
“You have to learn how to ask a horrible, embarrassing question without being embarrassed,” Stahl recalled during a panel session in 2017 at New York’s 92nd Street Y with the news program’s executive producer at the time, Jeff Fager, and correspondents Steve Kroft, Lesley Stahl, and Bill Whitaker in conversation with Charlie Rose, who was then co-anchor on CBS This Morning as well as a 60 Minutes contributor.
Stahl must have taken Wallace’s advice to heart, clearly seen in her 2007 interview with French president Nicolas Sarkozy. She asked Sarkozy about his marriage, at which time Sarkozy removed his microphone and ended the interview.
‘The best day of my life’
Stahl has had quite a career with incredible ‘gets’ for interviews: from President Trump to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to investigating inside Guantanamo Bay prison in 2013 (for which she won the renowned Edward R. Murrow Award) and on and on. “She is a tenacious reporter,” current executive producer Bill Owens told The Hollywood Reporter. “That is so important to the show.”
Her best day? She describes it in Reporting Live.
“I had decided by August 1989, in my 48th year, that I had already had the best day of my life. Then we went to Rwanda to see the mountain gorillas, Dian Fossey’s gorillas in the mist. … After two and a half hours … there they were: two baby gorillas frolicking like any four-year-olds…”
“And then the silverback, the patriarch, seemed to welcome us, as three females kept grooming him… We spent one hour in their world… so close that a female reached out to touch me. When I went to reciprocate, the guide hit my arm with a stick. “Non, madame. C’est inderdit.” … What I decided that day with the gorillas in Rwanda was that the best day of your life may not have happened yet. No matter what you think.”
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