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Executive Producer, 60 Minutes II
Jeffrey Fager was named executive producer of 60 Minutes II in July 1998. The broadcast debuted in January 1999, and earned a spot in the top 30 in its first season.
He had been executive producer of the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather (February 1996-July 1998), during which time the broadcast was acclaimed for its rededication to hard news, enterprise reporting and increased foreign coverage. By the time Fager left to join 60 Minutes II, the CBS Evening News had gained more than one million viewers from the previous year and regularly finished number two in the ratings after several years in third place. It also claimed the number one spot four times during the 1997-98 season.
Prior to that, Fager was the senior broadcast producer for the CBS Evening News (1994-96). During that time he covered many major international stories, such as the Bosnian war and the U.S. troop deployment there, as well as the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
Before his time at the CBS Evening News, Fager was a producer for 60 Minutes (1989-94). Prior to that, he was part of the original team that developed and launched 48 Hours, the CBS primetime news hour, under the leadership of Andrew Heyward. Fager was a producer for that broadcast (1988-89).
He served as a producer on the CBS Evening News based in London (1985-88) and New York (1984-85). Fager's foreign assignments are numerous: he covered many Palestinian/Israeli conflicts in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan; the bombing of Libya in 1985; the Reagan-Gorbachev summits in Geneva and Iceland; Gorbachev's first foreign visit to Paris in 1986; and many stories on the changing Soviet Union and the fall of Eastern Europe.
Fager was a producer for other CBS Nes broadcasts (1982-84), including the weekend editions of the CBS Evening News, and was a broadcast producer for Nightwatch, CBS News' original overnight program.
Before joining CBS News in 1982, he was a broadcast producer at KPIX-TV, now the CBS-owned station in San Francisco (1979-82).
Prior to that, Fager was the assignment editor at WGBH-TV Boston and a news writer at WEEI Radio, a CBS station in Boston (1978-79). He began his career in broadcasting as a production assistant at WBZ-TV, now the CBS-owned station in Boston (1977-78). Over the next year, he served as an associate director and assignment editor for WBZ-TV, as well as a news writer for WBZ Radio.
Fager was born Dec. 10, 1954. He is a native of Wellesley, Mass. Fager was graduated from Colgate University in 1977 with a bachelor's degree in English and political science. He and his wife, Melinda, live in New Canaan, Conn., with their three children.