Few reporters ever have the kind of impact and recognition that 60 Minutes Steve Kroft has achieved. The five-time Peabody Award winner delivered his first report for the broadcast in September 1989. The 2013-2014 season marks his 25th anniversary as a 60 Minutes correspondent.
Kroft's stories are among the most memorable in the program's history, like his 1992 interview with then-Governor Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary, which dealt with accusations that Bill had an extramarital relationship with a woman named Gennifer Flowers. Kroft's interview was a defining moment in that year's presidential campaign and was watched by nearly 34 million people.Watch "Governor & Mrs. Clinton"
When Kroft was hired at the 60 Minutes broadcast, he was the new kid on the block, joining a crew of iconic correspondents, like Mike Wallace and Morley Safer. Here he is in September 1993 with fellow correspondents and the executive producer of the show.
Back row, from left, Steve Kroft, Ed Bradley, Morley Safer and executive producer Don Hewitt. Front, from left, Andy Rooney, Lesley Stahl and Mike Wallace.
Clint Eastwood and Steve Kroft are shown here walking on the Warner Brothers Studio lot.
Kroft interviewed the actor-director about his decades-long film career for a profile that aired Nov. 16, 1997. Today, Kroft remembers the Eastwood story fondly, calling it one of his favorite interviews in his 25 years at 60 Minutes.
Prince Charles and Steve Kroft in England at Poundbury, a village the prince developed as a symbol of social and ecological harmony. The interview was broadcast Oct. 30, 2005.
In the summer of 2007, Steve Kroft and 60 Minutes producer Frank Devine began reporting on subprime lending. Their early reporting on the housing bubble gave them the background and contacts they needed when the economy imploded in September 2008, and during the next several years, he produced a series of extraordinary reports on the economic collapse.
To watch Kroft's extensive coverage of the economic collapse, click here.
Justice Clarence Thomas
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas met with Steve Kroft in rural Pinpoint, Ga., where Thomas was born in 1948, for a rare profile of the justice broadcast Sept. 30, 2007.
Steve Kroft's profile of The Eagles aired on Nov. 25, 2007. At the time, the rock band had just released their first new material in 28 years, a double album called "Long Road Out of Eden."
Steve Kroft is pictured here with Glen Frye, left, and Don Henley, right.
Jon Bon Jovi
Steve Kroft and Jon Bon Jovi, the front man and lead singer of the one of the most famous rock bands in the world: Bon Jovi.
Kroft's report aired May 18, 2008.
Then-presidential candidate Barack Obama spoke with Steve Kroft on the campaign trail in Elko, Nev., late in the summer of 2008.
Barack and Michelle Obama
Kroft's interview with the country's first African-American president and his wife in November 2008 was Barack and Michelle Obama's first post-election sit-down and the largest television audience of the year to that point, drawing over 25 million viewers.
Behind the scenes
Steve Kroft tapes one of his "studio intros," the traditional way that every 60 Minutes story begins. March 26, 2010.
Behind the scenes in Studio 33, where the 60 Minutes show is recorded every week, with Steve Kroft. March 26, 2010.
Steve Kroft and Beyonce share a laugh while filming a profile that aired Jan. 31, 2010.Watch an excerpt from Kroft's report, "Beyonce."
Conan O'Brien sat down with Steve Kroft to discuss -- for the first time -- the controversy surrounding his departure from "The Tonight Show."
Saints Quarterback Drew Brees takes Steve Kroft on a tour of Bourbon Street in New Orleans as part of a profile on the Super Bowl MVP that was broadcast Sept. 26, 2010.60 Minutes Overtime: Drew demands a rematch
Kroft profiled author Christopher Hitchens in March 2011. "Hitch," as he's called, was combating esophageal cancer, but Kroft found him to be as outspoken and opinionated as ever.
Click here to read Steve's remembrances of his conversations with Hitch, who died Dec. 15, 2011, at age 62.
Steve Kroft and Julian Assange, the controversial founder of the website WikiLeaks.
Twenty-five years later, Kroft is still at it.