Personally signed by Lesley Stahl
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Lesley Stahl's job offer from CBS came with an ultimatum -- "if you can't start tomorrow, forget it." The year was 1972, and opportunities for women in network television were rare. With the same determination that would define her career, she promptly departed Boston, went to Washington, and began her ascent to the top of broadcast journalism. In a male-dominated world, Stahl established herself as a "scoopster" and a "door kicker," breaking some of the most important stories in Washington, including Watergate. She would cover the next three presidents, witnessing the disintegration of Jimmy Carter's presidency, the rise and fall and rise again of Ronald Reagan's, and the unpretentious, regular-guy quality of George Bush's. In telling her story, Stahl touches on themes that have defined the later part of this century: the changing role of the press in politics, television's coming of age, and the dilemma of the professional woman. With witty anecdotes, wise observations, and never a hair out of place, Stahl provides an insightful and entertaining look at her world and ours from behind the reporter's microphone.
Robin Toner, The New York Times Book Review: What shines through this memoir is how much Stahl loved the work....She became a "stakeout queen," the toughest questioner around, a woman who never passed up an assignment.
Dan Rather: If you care about good journalism, or if you care about the choices made by working women today, you'll want to read this book. This is a self-portrait of a hard-driving professional -- and a caring wife, mother, daughter, and friend -- who never stops asking the hard questions...Lesley Stahl's Reporting Live is too good to keep quiet about.
Anthony Day, Los Angeles Times: In the skillfully written Reporting Live, Lesley Stahl...weaves together several compelling stories about the way politics, and the media that cover it, have changed through the years....[It] is the story of Stahl herself, bright, terribly ambitious, and touchingly vulnerable....
Leigh Rich, Rocky Mountain News: Stahl's autobiography is a delectable read. Stahl is convivial, humorous, and self-aware revisiting her 20-year career...each chapter is intriguing, revealing of the political and social mores of the day.
Michael Farkash, The Hollywood Reporter: It's the carefully wrought tidbits about Watergate and other presidential misbehavior that make this book stand out, elevating the story to more like a thriller.
About the Author
Lesley Rene Stahl (born December 16, 1941) is an American television journalist.
She became White House correspondent during the presidencies of Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. Stahl was the moderator of Face the Nation between September 1983 and May 1991. In addition, she hosted 48 Hours Investigates from 2002 to 2004. In 2002, Stahl made headlines when Al Gore appeared on 60 Minutes and revealed for the first time that he would not run for president again in 2004. When Katie Couric was hired, CBS News asked Stahl to reduce her salary by $500,000 to accommodate Couric's salary, bringing her salary down to $1.8 million. In October 2007 Nicolas Sarkozy, President of France, stood up and walked away from an interview with Stahl because she asked him about his relationship with his soon-to-be estranged wife, Cécilia.
She received a Doctorate of Humane Letters honoris causa from Colgate University in 2008 and a Doctorate of Humane Letters honoris causa from Loyola College in Maryland in 2008. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is on the Board of Selectors of Jefferson Awards for Public Service. In 1977, Stahl married author Aaron Latham; they have a daughter.
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