Listen: "60 Minutes" correspondent Lesley Stahl looks back at Steve Kroft's career
"But now the news magazine longest tenured correspondent is retiring and he's here with me. We now steve kroft joining me for his retirement day. This is the evening when sixty minutes is paying tribute to you later today. Thank you for joining me my pleasure. My pleasure how is sixty minutes changed over your three decades and and how has television changed over your career. How's everything changed. Every time i look at it now and every industry every walk of wipe this changed <hes> but mostly. I think that sixty minutes is probably changed the least of almost anything in the culture in terms of of <hes>. It's you know some people say it's still a little old fashioned but it's still doing good journalism and still basically siklie following the the blueprint that on hewitt set <hes> you know fifty years ago and still the most watched <hes> i mentioned you're obama interviews certainly in recent years. That's what you've been the best known for <hes>. What do you think it is about that kind of interviewing presidential interviewing that people should learn from our people should take away well. I that's a good the question when i first started doing the interviews with with obama in two thousand eight the there was sort of a canvass for doing presidential interviews that people in followed for years and years and years there was a you're of a certain politeness to it you. The president was treated with respect. <hes> tried not interrupted unless you absolutely had to and now it's kind of evolved to the place with this particular president where almost anything thing goes and when he does sit down with somebody besides this fox friends. Would you like to interview president trump. Have you tried <hes>. I have not tried. I took a pass on that. One and leslie and scott pelley both interviewed him. He's a very hard interview very hard interview because he just goes where he wants to go and takes you know even and it's particularly live but <hes> i think leslie did a pretty good job and exposed. I don't say exposing but letting him <hes> reveal himself in his personality the way he thinks i think lester holt did really a good job with them and other than that most people just can't get a handle on it. It's hard. I mean i i would know how to do it really well. I'd have i'd come up with an idea and strategies but i think you have to really be on your toes and beyond the presidential interviews what stories are most important to you are the kinds of stories that we need to have more of on television news. <hes> i think we ought to have more twelve minutes twelve and a half eh stories. I think that that's the biggest advantage that the show has <hes> and you know we shoot normally thirteen hours of pap- for thirteen minutes of <hes> of a a product and you have a lot to choose from and also if you're doing an interview live. You've got five minutes. Maybe <hes> and we've got an hour to sit down with somebody and we can go and find the best parts and right and go in every direction every direction. We're going to a couple more minutes for us steve. You're leaving at a time of turmoil for the last year. It's sixty minutes. There's been a lot of turmoil allegations against the former executive producer jeff fager. He's stepped down under pressure now this news. CBS news president we all remember the upheaval does that relate to wire leaving now. Not really i mean and i say that my wife thinks i'm crazy when i say that but <hes> it had very little to do with it. I made the decision really about a year ago that this was going to be my last season and i my my staff right about that time. All the dramas turned down and i said unless something really happens to change my mind. This is my last season and nothing happened to change. What's it been like inside. CBS news during this period <hes> well you know it's anytime you have organization that has leadership change wjr and as you pointed out we had at three different levels with <hes> corporate CBS with CBS news with sixty minutes. It creates a lot of uncertainty."