Bill Owens was named executive editor of 60 Minutes in June 2008. In this role, he oversees the production of all 60 Minutes segments from conception through screening. He broadened his role at the news magazine in September 2012, when he became the co-executive producer of a new sports edition of 60 Minutes. 60 Minutes Sports debuted on SHOWTIME in January 2013.
In the fall of 2010, Owens launched the first website programmed entirely with originally produced 60 Minutes content, 60MinutesOvertime.com.
He had been the broadcast’s senior broadcast producer, joining the senior staff in 2007 from the CBS Evening News. There he was senior broadcast producer since Jan. 2006, a position Owens took after producing 60 Minutes stories for correspondent Scott Pelley since 2003. Before that, the Pelley-Owens team produced segments for “60 Minutes II” (2000-03), including an hour-long interview with President George W. Bush on the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the genocide in Sudan. The team also covered the American invasion of Iraq as a unilateral correspondent-producer team on the ground, contributing news-making reports to all CBS News programs.
Owens was CBS News’ Senior White House producer (1996-00), working with Pelley, Bill Plante and Rita Braver, and covering, among many other stories, the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. Prior to that, he was a producer for the CBS Evening News in Washington, D.C. (1994-96). Owens was the anchor producer for Paula Zahn and Harry Smith (1993-94) and the coordinating producer for “CBS This Morning” (1991-93) in New York. He also served as a national desk assignment editor and field producer (1990-91), as well as a desk assistant for CBS News and for WCBS-TV, the CBS owned station in New York (1988-90).
Owens began his journalism career in 1988 as a summer intern for CBS News working at the national political conventions in Atlanta and New Orleans.
In addition to the many awards garnered by the 60 Minutes stories he has supervised, Owens has received an Emmy Award and an IRE Award and contributed to a RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Overall Excellence Award. Towson University, Owens’ alma mater, awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in May 2012.
Owens was born in Oyster Bay, N.Y. He was graduated from Towson in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mass communications. He is married and has two children.