The Salant Lecture with Scott Pelley

Category: Speakers & Lecture Series

The venue for the Salant Lecture has been moved to the Performing Arts Center at St. Luke's School, 377 North Wilton Road, New Canaan.

The date and time remain the same. The Performing Arts Center is located in the school's main academic building. A reception follows in the Fireside Commons at St. Luke's.  Map and directions to the school>>

Scott Pelley, award-winning broadcast journalist, and  Managing Editor of CBS Evening News, will deliver the Library’s annual Richard Salant Lecture on Sunday, November 6, at 5 pm. Scott Pelley, who was chief White House correspondent for CBS (1997-1999), was named anchor and managing editor of “CBS Evening News” in May 2011.

One of the most experienced and respected figures in broadcast journalism, Pelley is perhaps best known by the public for his thorough and compelling stories aired on CBS’s Sunday night news program, “60 Minutes." Pelley has more than made his mark on the news arena, and in particular, on CBS News where he’s covered everything from natural disasters to political and economic breaking news and stories of human impact and interest.  The economic upheaval, or Great Recession, of recent years has been covered in a powerful and meaningful manner by Pelley. This past April, his segment on homeless school children in Florida prompted an outpouring of response and aid that was unprecedented in scope.

Pelley’s extensive list of individuals he has interviewed includes figures of international power and influence. Some of his more high profile, and at times, controversial, interviews include those with President George Bush, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.  Pelley’s two interviews with Bernanke mark the first time in decades that an interview with a sitting Federal Reserve Chairman was granted.

All told, Pelley and his team have received an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Silver Baton, two George Foster Peabody awards, 15 national Emmy awards, five Edward R. Murrow awards, a George Polk and a Loeb award, as well as honors from the Society of Professional Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Writers Guild of America. Twenty-one of those awards have been earned for his work over the past five years on "60 Minutes."

Pelley serves on the Board of Directors of the International Rescue Committee, the refugee relief agency headquartered in New York City. He is Co-Chair of the IRC's Board of Overseers. He was inducted into the Texas Tech University alumni Hall of Fame and serves on the Board of the University's School of Mass Communications.

Scott Pelley was born in San Antonio, Texas, and attended journalism school at Texas Tech University. Prior to his time at CBS News, Pelley was a producer/reporter for various television stations in the state of Texas. He began his journalism career at the age of 15 as a copyboy at the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal newspaper. He and his wife, Jane Boone Pelley, have a son and a daughter and live in Darien.

The Richard Salant Lecture and the Library’s Richard Salant room are named for the late President of CBS news, whose tenure in the 1960s and 1970s included the news challenges of the Vietnam War and Watergate.  Salant lived in New Canaan for 37 years prior to his death in 1993. The Library honors his dedication to integrity in broadcast journalism and the First Amendment.  Earlier Salant Lecturers have included Walter Cronkite, Mike Wallace, Andy Rooney, Charles Osgood, Lesley Stahl, Brian Williams, Bob Schieffer, Connie Chung, Cokie Roberts, Tom Brokaw, Sean McManus and Roger Goodman.