CHICAGO (SCS) — DePaul University honored “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker with its Distinguished Journalist Award on Thursday.
Whitaker accepted the award from Carol Marin, a former CBS 2 anchor and co-director of the DePaul Center for Journalism Integrity and Excellence.
Her long and distinguished career includes winning a Peabody Award for her “60 Minutes” article on the opioid crisis.
Whitaker spoke about integrity and excellence, and protecting the truth in journalism.
Before his speech, he sat down with CBS 2’s Jim Williams to discuss several topics, including the incredible longevity of “60 Minutes” and how long he plans to travel the world.
How does he explain the enduring popularity of “60 Minutes”?
“Good old-fashioned storytelling. You find good characters, you find good stories, and you tell them well. And that’s a formula that’s worked for 53 years,” he said.
“The only thing I’ve seen – I’ve been there now, it’s my 8th year – since the pandemic and the war in Ukraine, things have accelerated,” he added. “It’s like there’s a lot going on; and it’s weekly, daily,”
WILLIAMS: “I was going to say that 60 Minutes often responds to daily news now. Longer stories, but daily news, and you’ve spent most of your career doing that; doing one-day stories. C is your training.”
WHITAKER: “That is to say, but doing one-day tune pieces that are 13 and a half minutes long, that’s a different animal. … I tell people I work with, ‘If you see me hobbling , and I’m like I just can’t go one more day, I want you to tell me, Bill, it’s time to quit.'”
WILLIAMS: “That day is not here.”
WHITAKER: “I haven’t got there yet.”
He probably won’t be here for a long time, with Whitaker still going strong.