Career Journeys: Bill Whitaker ’73

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On this episode of Career Journeys we have Bill Whitaker ’73 on the phone from New York City. Whitaker graduated from HWS as an American History major before going on to earn a master’s degree in African-American studies from Boston University and later attending a graduate Journalism program at the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently a correspondent for 60 Minutes on CBS News, where he has been for five years and at the network for four decades. His reporting has taken him to the Middle East covering Syrian refugees and the start of Operation Desert Storm, Japan for the Fukushima nuclear disaster, South Africa during the funeral of Nelson Mandela, and the presidential campaigns of Mitt Romney, Michael Dukakis, and George W. Bush. His investigative work has included the biggest data leak in Swiss Bank history, the efforts to capture el Chapo, and the opioid crisis in the United States. For his reporting he has won many awards including multiple Emmys. Whitaker has continued to support the Colleges since graduation, including as a panelist in Career Services’ New York Behind the Scenes trip and as a member of the Board of Trustees.

Career Journeys is a limited-run podcast from the Herald and the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education designed to help introduce parents, students, alums, and prospective students to the wealth of opportunities and pathways that Hobart and William Smith alumni and alumnae have taken following their graduation. The show is produced and hosted by Alex Kerai ’19 in conjunction with the Herald and the Salisbury Center. It is recorded in the WEOS (NPR) studio on campus and includes live in-studio and over the phone interviews.

We are very excited to have Bill on this episode of Career Journeys!

Career Journeys is a podcast from the Herald and the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education. It is produced by Alex Kerai ’19 and recorded at the WEOS studio on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

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