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Bryan series to feature prominent journalists Kroft, Stahl

Tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick.

A mundane, yet legendary, opening to one of the most esteemed news shows on television: “60 Minutes.”

Soon after, viewers are graced with familiar faces as they intently listen to America’s most popular voices in investigative journalism.

On April 8, at 7:30 p.m., the War Memorial Auditorium will embrace two of these voices: those of Steve Kroft and Lesley Stahl, in the final Bryan Series event of the year.

The Bryan Series has a long-standing tradition of inviting distinguished journalists to its public lecture series.

“Steve Kroft and Lesley Stahl are two of the most highly respected journalists in the country,” said junior CCE student Myra Engle, who has reserved tickets to the event. “They’re more than mere storytellers. They’re truth seekers. I’ve long been a fan of both of them.”

Kroft joined “60 Minutes” in 1989. He has covered many famous and award-winning stories throughout his career, including an exposé on Cuba’s quarantine policy for AIDS patients and the first American narrative of the Chernobyl nuclear facility.

“In Steve Kroft, you’ve got a journalist who … has won most of the broadcast journalism awards you could win,” said Ty Buckner, associate vice president of the office of communications and marketing. “There are an amazing number of stories that he’s covered that have been really groundbreaking.”

Stahl joined “60 Minutes” in 1991 after gaining prominence for her coverage of the Watergate scandal and the 1980 Republican Convention.

“As a woman, she has broken some barriers along the way where women have not been active before,” said Buckner, referring to Stahl being one of the first women correspondents on CBS News in 1974.

This Bryan Series event is the first since 2009 to feature two speakers, but the format will change little.

After a brief presentation from each speaker in the beginning, former journalist and current journalism professor at Wake Forest Justin Catanoso will moderate a conversation between Kroft and Stahl for about 50 minutes.

Then, there will be a Q&A session, scheduled to last about 20 minutes.

The conversation does not have a focus point, as both guests will talk about their entire careers and the wide variety of stories they have covered.

Kroft and Stahl will also host a student session on campus from 4-5 p.m. where students can ask them questions directly.

Only 20-30 people in total will be able to attend; they have already been chosen.

“We’re hoping that we’ll have people from journalism, history and political science because as broadcast journalists,”  said Suzanne Ingram, assistant director of the office of communications and marketing. “They’ve covered so many topics, interviewed so many people over the years, that (the session) could apply to many different majors.”

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