Stephen Robert "Steve" Hartman (born April 14, 1963) is an award-winning broadcast journalist.
Hartman earned a degree in broadcast journalism at Bowling Green State University, graduating in 1985. From 1984-87, he served as an intern and general assignment reporter for WTOL in Toledo, Ohio. From 1987-91, he was a feature reporter for KSTP in Minneapolis and held the same post at WABC-TV in New York from 1991-94. From 1994-98, he served as a feature reporter for KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, and hosted a segment called "The Stevening News". Hartman was also a correspondent for two CBS News magazines, Coast to Coast (1996–97) and Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel (1997–98). In 1998, Hartman became a full-time CBS News correspondent; he served as 60 Minutes II essayist from 2002 until the show was canceled in September 2005.
Everybody Has a Story
Hartman became well known for his award-winning feature series, Everybody Has a Story. Hartman got the idea from newspaper reporter David Johnson of the Lewiston [Idaho] Morning Tribune, and first tried a few stories on Public Eye. Hartman would toss a dart over his shoulder at a map of the United States, and then travel with his cameraman to wherever the dart landed. Upon arrival, Hartman would find a phonebook, and choosing a name at random, would try to find a person who would agree to be interviewed and tell their "story". His adventures took him around the country, from Hawaii to Alaska, from Buckhannon, West Virginia to Miami, Florida. From its inception in 1998, the series produced 123 stories.
In 2010, Hartman took the series worldwide, when with assistance of NASA, each "Everybody in the World Has a Story" segment featured an astronaut in the International Space Station spinning a globe and pointing to random locations for Hartman to travel and find a story.
On the Road
Hartman's "Assignment America" reports began on the CBS Evening News. His pieces were based on Charles Kuralt's "On the Road" series, which originally ran from 1967 to 1980, and were part of the CBS Evening News With Katie Couric. CBS revived the "On the Road" with Hartman providing the Friday evening end-pieces for the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley. The "On the Road," series won two 2013 "Edward R. Murrow Awards" presented by the Radio, Television, and Digital News Association, for the "CBS Evening News." Three of Hartman's stories won in the Best Writing category.
In 2002 Hartman has received an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award, by the Columbia Journalism School, for the Everybody has a Story series.
He has also received an Emmy Award for writing and four RTNDA/Edward R. Murrow Awards, including three consecutive citations for Best Writing.
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