Emmy Award-winning “60 Minutes” correspondent and HWS Trustee Bill Whitaker ’73, L.H.D. ’97 served as one of the questioners at the Feb. 25 Democratic primary debate. Hosted by CBS News in Charleston, S.C., the debate occurred between seven of the eight remaining Democratic presidential candidates.
Whitaker was joined by CBS colleagues Norah O’Donnell (“CBS Evening News” anchor and managing editor) and Gayle King (“CBS This Morning” co-host), who moderated the debate, and Margaret Brennan (“Face the Nation” moderator and senior foreign affairs correspondent) and Major Garrett (CBS chief Washington correspondent), who also posed questions to the candidates.
As a “60 Minutes” correspondent, Whitaker has reported stories from across the world — from the Syrian refugee crisis to the issue of race and policing in America. In 2016, his reporting on the segment “The Swiss Leaks,” about the biggest data breach in Swiss banking history, earned him and his colleagues a 2016 Emmy Award for Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting in a News Magazine.
Before joining the renowned news television program in 2014, Whitaker served as a CBS News correspondent for 30 years, covering virtually all of the major breaking news events during that time, reporting from the epicenters of natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina; the earthquake, tsunami and resulting nuclear incident in Japan; and the earthquake in Haiti.
Whitaker, who has served on the HWS Board of Trustees for more than 15 years, has spoken on campus on a number of occasions, including the 1997 and 2008 Commencement ceremonies. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters for his service to HWS in 1997.