'Most Prominent TV Journalist' Yet Reveals Battle With Coronavirus

Lesley Stahl has recovered, but was hospitalized for a week
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 4, 2020 2:56 AM CDT
'Most Prominent TV Journalist' Yet Says She Had COVID
In this May 9, 2018, file photo, Lesley Stahl attends a panel discussion about the Showtime documentary "The Fourth Estate," at TheTimesCenter in New York. Stahl said Sunday, May 3, 2020, that she's finally feeling well after a battle with COVID-19 that left her hospitalized for a week.   (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

CBS News 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl said Sunday that she's finally feeling well after a battle with COVID-19 that left her hospitalized for a week, the AP reports. Stahl said she was “really scared” after fighting pneumonia caused by the coronavirus for two weeks at home before going to the hospital. “One of the rules of journalism is ‘don’t become part of the story,'” Stahl said at the end of Sunday's broadcast. “But instead of covering the pandemic, I was one of the more-than-one-million Americans who did become part of it.” Stahl, 78, is the dean of correspondents at television's best-known newsmagazine. She joined 60 Minutes in March 1991, and before that was moderator of the Sunday talk show Face the Nation and a Washington correspondent. She landed the first television interview with Donald Trump after he was elected president.

Stahl said there was a cluster of 60 Minutes employees with the virus. One “had almost no symptoms while others had almost every symptom you can imagine,” she said. “Each case is different.” Stahl said she found an overworked and nearly overwhelmed staff when she was hospitalized but paid tribute to their care, and said she was wheeled out through a gauntlet of cheering medical workers when discharged. “In the face of so much death, they celebrate their triumphs,” she said. “Thanks to them, like so many other patients, I am well now. Tonight, we all owe them our gratitude, our admiration and, in some cases, our lives.” Stahl is arguably the most prominent television journalist to disclose they had the disease. CNN hosts Chris Cuomo and Brooke Baldwin have tested positive, as well as ABC Good Morning America host George Stephanopoulos.

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