Reporting Live by Lesley Stahl

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When she first started out in network television, Lesley Stahl was 30 years old and the men she shared the newsroom with were already legendary. In the ensuing 25 years and counting, Stahl has covered every major story and has become one of the most highly regarded reporters in the country. In this celebrity-filled, anecdote-packed memoir, Lesley Stahl tells how she has kept her focus -- and her sense of humor -- through all of this success.

Just two months into her job in the CBS Washington Bureau, "a third-rate burglary" at the Watergate was deemed so unnewsworthy that the new girl, Stahl, was the only television reporter sent to cover the burglars' initial court appearances. Not only would she provide CBS with an early scoop in the story, she would meet, and become romantically linked to, another young reporter covering the case for The Washington Post, Bob Woodward.

While Stahl cut her teeth on Washington political reporting, cultivating sources and gradually building a reputation as a "scoopster," she learned to overcome the stigma of affirmative action. She went on to cover the next three presidents, witnessing the disintegration of the Jimmy Carter presidency, the rise and fall and rise again of Ronald Reagan's, and the unfocused regular-guyness of George Bush's. She offers sharp and nuanced portraits of these presidents and their wives as well as of many of her guests on Face the Nation, which she moderated for eight years. Stahl also describes the ups and downs of network television news as competition from cable began to siphon off the audience.

Stahl shares the struggle of forging her career while figuring out how to spend time with her husband, Aaron (Urban Cowboy) Latham, and their daughter, Taylor. Reporting Live is filled with heads of state; network moguls; competing journalists; her mother, Dolly; John Madden; John Travolta; John Dean -- everybody from George Bush to Boy George.

Lesley Stahl is one of the toughest, most glamorous, and most respected reporters in the business. She has written a funny, real, knowledgeable book that takes the reader inside the White House and inside the world of television news.


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Lesley Stahl has been a reporter for CBS News for more than twenty-five years. She was White House correspondent for the "CBS Evening News" during the Carter, Reagan, and Bush administrations; the host of "Face the Nation" from 1983 to 1991; and has been a correspondent for "60 Minutes" for the last eight years. She lives in New York City with her husband, Aaron Latham.
Published January 13, 1999 by Simon & Schuster. 444 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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A breezy yet informative behind-the-microphone look at how the news is reported—and at why and how the Fourth Estate has become one of the most reviled professional categories in America today.

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By the start of this gripping newswoman's autobiography, the needle has already dropped. On the cusp of turning 30 in the early 1970s, Stahl is broadcasting for Channel 5 in Boston and is stuck in a t

Jan 04 1999 | Read Full Review of Reporting Live

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While Stahl offers both an unstinting behind-the-scenes look at the nation's one-time premier news organization and a wealth of personal anecdotes, she never quite explains what drives her to contend with the sexism, the network politics and the strain on her family life that the job demands.

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Lesley Stahl's vivid, edgy account of her tough ascent from Dan Schorr's Watergate backup ''slave'' to chief White House correspondent to Diane Sawyer's replacement on 60 Minutes (''I was the OB — the other blonde'') makes cursory concessions to her home life as the wife of a clinically depressed...

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