FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Fairfield University’s signature lecture series, Open Visions Forum, will kick off its 2013-14 season with Steve Kroft, longtime correspondent for CBS News.
Kroft will speak at 8 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. In his lecture entitled “My Years in Journalism,” Kroft will share stories from his extensive career in war correspondence and with CBS News and "60 Minutes."
Few journalists have achieved the impact and recognition Kroft has in a career that includes 23 seasons on the most watched news program on television. Before joining "60 Minutes," he was a principal correspondent on the CBS News magazine "West 57th," and before that a foreign correspondent for CBS News based in the London bureau, a period during which he covered international terrorism in Europe and the Middle East, including the TWA hijacking in Beirut, the massacres at the Rome and Vienna airports by the Abu Nidal terrorist cell and the Achille Lauro hijacking. His report on the assassination of Indira Gandhi for the CBS Evening News won an Emmy award.
Kroft is the only "60 Minutes" correspondent to win two Peabody Awards in the same year, bringing his total number of television’s most prestigious award to five. He also is a recipient of two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University silver batons and 11 Emmy awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Emmy for his body of work.
In his lecture, Kroft presents a “no-holds-barred” exploration of his experiences, which include surviving a plane crash, covering wars on five continents and meeting some of the world’s most influential people. He also offers an inside look at how news is reported and the impact it has on today’s society.
Tickets are $45 and are available through the Quick Center Box Office at 203-254-4010 or toll-free 1-877-278-7396. Tickets also can also be purchased online.