’60 Minutes’: Changing with the Times

By Andrew Gauthier 

The Los Angeles Times

Change creeps slowly through the ninth-floor newsroom of the West 57th Street high-rise that houses “60 Minutes,” CBS’ storied Sunday evening newsmagazine. For decades, the office assignments on Correspondent’s Row, a bank of glass-walled rooms facing the Hudson River, were sacrosanct, with the biggest space next to the executive producer belonging to Mike Wallace.

But Wallace’s office has been largely empty since the 91-year-old became correspondent emeritus three years ago. Last month, executive producer Jeff Fager quietly decided that it was time for Steve Kroft, the longest serving of the full-time correspondents, to inherit the space.

“This is hallowed ground,” said Kroft on a recent afternoon, still surrounded by boxes, the walls empty save for a row of gleaming Emmys lining a high shelf.

What may seem like minor office shuffling is freighted with the symbolism of a generational shift at “60 Minutes,” which begins its 42nd season More…