CBS News' Steve Kroft, longtime '60 Minutes' correspondent, is retiring

Steve Kroft, the longest-tenured correspondent on the CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes,” is retiring at the end of the current season, the network announced Friday.

He first joined “60 Minutes” in 1989, becoming part of the correspondent lineup that included Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, Ed Bradley and Harry Reasoner.

“From Central America to a tour of duty in London and back to New York, his destiny was clear — Kroft’s investigative instincts and ability to unravel the most complex stories made him a perfect fit for the ‘60 Minutes’ team.”

Kroft was the correspondent in one of the best remembered “60 Minutes” segments in 1992 , when then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary, responded to news about his alleged affair with cabaret singer Gennifer Flowers.

He got his master’s in journalism from Columbia University in 1975 and worked in Jacksonville and Miami, Fla., where he won local television awards for his reporting on political corruption and the drug trade.

He covered the civil war in El Salvador and the U.S. invasion of Grenada before he was posted to the London bureau, where he reported on European affairs and terrorism.

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