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Stephen Robert "Steve" Hartman (born April 14, 1963) is a broadcast journalist.


Hartman was born April 14, 1963, in Toledo, Ohio. 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.[1] From 1987 to 1991, he was a feature reporter for KSTP in Minneapolis and held the same post at WABC-TV in New York City from 1991-94. From 1994 to 1998, 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).[1] 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, He first tried a few stories on Public Eye.[2] Hartman would toss a dart over his shoulder at a map of the United States, and then travel 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".[3] Hartman traveled around the country, from Hawaii to Alaska, from Buckhannon, West Virginia to Miami, Florida. From its inception in 1998, the series produced 123 stories.[1]

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.[3]

On the Road

Hartman's "Assignment America" reports were part of the CBS Evening News With Katie Couric; they were inspired by Charles Kuralt's On the Road series, which originally aired on CBS from 1967 to 1980.[4] In 2011, CBS revived On the Road, with Hartman providing the Friday evening end-pieces for the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley. The series won two 2013 Edward R. Murrow Awards (presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association) for the CBS Evening News. Three of Hartman's stories won in the Best Writing category.[5][6]

Personal life

Hartman lives with his wife, Andrea, and their three children in Catskill, New York.[7][8] One of his children has autism.[9]


In 2002 Hartman has received an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award, by the Columbia Journalism School, for the Everybody has a Story series.[10]

He has also received an Emmy Award for writing and four RTNDA/Edward R. Murrow Awards, including three consecutive citations for Best Writing.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Post, Paul (March 17, 2012). "CBS's Steve Hartman has a story, too", The Saratogian,
  2. ^ Geisler, Jill (March 2, 2011). "Everybody Has a Story" Archived 2013-12-03 at the Wayback Machine, Poynter, The Poynter Institute
  3. ^ a b c Steve Hartman bio, CBS News
  4. ^ O'Connell, Michael (October 28, 2011). "CBS News Revives 'On the Road' Franchise with Steve Hartman, Statue of Liberty", Hollywood Reporter.
  5. ^ "CBS News wins seven Edward R. Murrow Awards", CBS News, June 13, 2013
  6. ^ "2013 National Edward R. Murrow Award Winners", RTDNA
  7. ^ Hartman, Steve (May 1, 2015). "Man's Wikipedia crusade turns him into grammar hero". CBS News. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
  8. ^ Hartman, Steve (August 14, 2015). "Steve Hartman: "I have a weed addiction"". CBS News. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  9. ^ Hartman, Steve (August 25, 2017). "A father's view when the heavens align for the eclipse". CBS News.
  10. ^ "duPont-Columbia Award Winners" Archived 2012-08-14 at the Wayback Machine, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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