CBS' "60 Minutes" has won national attention for its stories about joblessness in Central Florida. On Tuesday, the news magazine won an Emmy for an April 2012 story about Brevard County's unemployed after the last space shuttle mission.
The prize was for best business and economic reporting in a news magazine.
Scott Pelley was the correspondent on the report. "You've got a lot of people in Florida who need to be heard from," he told me when the report aired. "The people in Florida know better than anyone that your state has been disproportionately affected by the Great Recession. What you see in Central Florida, it's emblematic of what's happening in all 50 states. Everyone in every state can look at the situation in Florida and say, 'That's happening in my community to some extent.' "
The News and Documentary Emmys this year were a big deal for "60 Minutes," which collected six prizes in all. Pelley's report "Killing bin Laden" won awards for best report and outstanding interview in a news magazine. Bob Simon's remarkable "Joy in the Congo" segment won for outstanding feature story in a news magazine and outstanding editing. Clarissa Ward's report on "Aleppo," about Syria's civil war, was saluted for outstanding continuing coverage of a news story in a news magazine.
It was the 25th Emmy for Simon, one of the most respected reporters in the business. Pelley, the anchor for the "CBS Evening News," has won 21. Ward won an Emmy for her first "60 Minutes" report; she won a second for her Syria reporting on the "CBS Evening News."