NABJ congratulates member Bill Whitaker on being named a correspondent for CBS News' 60 Minutes
Friday, March 7, 2014
Posted by: Veronique Dodson
WASHINGTON, DC (March 7, 2014) — The National Association of Black
Journalists (NABJ) congratulates member Bill Whitaker on being named a
correspondent for CBS News' "60 Minutes," the highly regarded and
Whitaker will relocate from Los Angeles to New York and begin
contributing to the program this fall. In doing so he will become the
third African-American correspondent on the program in a primary or
supporting role. He is a veteran of CBS News having reported on
domestic and international news stories from Atlanta to Los Angeles in
the U.S., and Afghanistan and Japan abroad, among other places. Whitaker
has been based in Los Angeles for 22 years.
"Bill Whitaker is a tremendous journalist who has been able to cover
major stories from the OJ Simpson trial, to presidential campaigns, the
war in Afghanistan, and one of the current domestic top stories,
immigration, on an ongoing basis. I most recently worked alongside Bill
at the Nelson Mandela memorial service in Johannesburg," said NABJ
President Bob Butler.
"Bill's 30 years of experience at CBS has long prepared him for the
opportunity to be a signature reporter on "60 Minutes." Much like his
fellow Philadelphian the late great "60 Minutes" correspondent Ed
Bradley, Bill is an innate storyteller, a determined journalist, and a
consummate professional. This is a well-deserved opportunity and viewers
of America's most-watched news program will be well-served."
For his work at CBS Bill Whitaker has been the recipient of numerous NABJ Salute to Excellence Awards.
"We applaud CBS News for recognizing the need to have a talented and
diverse group of journalists on all of its programs. Each of the
African-American journalists who have reported for CBS "60 Minutes," Ed
Bradley, Byron Pitts and now Bill Whitaker, has further advanced the
program and the network's goal of incisive and compelling original
Whitaker graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a B.A.
degree in American history and from Boston University with a master's
degree in African-American studies. Whitaker also attended the Graduate
School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.
NABJ wishes Mr. Whitaker much success as he transitions to this new role and assumes a place in television history.
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide. For more information, please visit www.nabj.org.