Presenter: Bill Whitaker
Bill Whitaker was named a 60 Minutes correspondent in March 2014; the 2018–’19 season will be his fifth on the broadcast. In four decades as a journalist, he has covered major news stories domestically and across the globe for CBS News. He is the 2018 winner of the RTDNA’s highest honor, the Paul White Award for career achievement. Whitaker’s investigation with the Washington Post revealed how the DEA’s efforts to curb the opioid epidemic were hampered by a law pushed by drug industry lobbyists. The report was credited with forcing the law’s chief sponsor, a congressmen, to withdraw his nomination for Trump Administration’s drug czar. Whitaker’s 60 Minutes reporting has taken him to Asia, Africa, Europe, Mexico and the Middle East in his four seasons, including a timely investigation of the vetting process Syrian refugees undergo before coming to the U.S. and an interview with the highest ranking North Korean official to defect in decades. Domestically, his stories have provided keen insights into the hot button issue of race and policing in America with his reports from Cleveland, Chicago and most recently, Tulsa, Okla., where he got the news-making first interview with the city police officer accused of manslaughter for shooting an unarmed black man.