Veteran broadcaster and Kokomo native Steve Kroft will talk about his long career at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 114 E. Kirkwood Ave. He is the second guest of the School of Journalism’s spring Speaker Series, a program that brings free lectures to the Bloomington area.
Kroft, 63, has been with CBS News for 28 years, 20 of those spent working at 60 Minutes, the weekly news magazine. Kroft has interviewed President Barack Obama twice since the presidential election, most recently for a 60 Minutes segment March 22.
While he has interviewed many politicians and newsmakers over his career, Kroft also was the first American journalist to report from the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. His work has led him to interview eco-terrorist groups, smugglers, international leaders and government bureaucrats. Before joining 60 Minutes, he was an international correspondent based in London who covered hijackings, wars and other conflicts.
Kroft is a recipient of three George Foster Peabody Awards and 11 Emmy awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Emmy for his body of work. He is a graduate of Syracuse University and earned a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Indiana University.