Award-winning CBS News Correspondent Steve Kroft to speak at the Economic Club April 1

BENTON HARBOR, MICH. — CBS news correspondent Steve Kroft will open the spring season of The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan speaker series April 1. The member-only meeting will be at Lake Michigan College’s Mendel Center for Arts and Technology, Benton Township, Mich.

Kroft has been a part of CBS News for nearly three decades. Twenty of those years have been as a correspondent for “60 Minutes.” His work has won the prestigious Renner Award, 11 Emmys (including a Lifetime Achievement Emmy) and three George Foster Peabody Awards.

Kroft’s “no-holds-barred” news stories have helped to shape the country’s thinking and history. His exclusive 1992 interview with then-Governor Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary, landed on the front page of almost every newspaper in the country. Many cite it as a defining moment in that presidential election.

Kroft’s coverage of Chernobyl in 1990 made him the first American journalist to be given extensive access to the contaminated nuclear plant in the Ukraine. Four years later he returned to be the first American reporter to enter the crippled reactor.

His chillingly prophetic “America’s Worst Nightmare” (October 2000) documented the involvement of the Russian mafia in the smuggling of nuclear materials out of the Soviet Union and ties to Islamic militant groups such as the Taliban.

April 1, Kroft will share some of the thought-provoking insights he's gained while meeting some of the world's most influential people. He’ll also offer insights into how news is reported and its often profound impact on society.