/// Jeff Newton

February 4, 2014  |  Engage14


Jeff Newton, Associate Producer 60 Minutes

Jeff Newton is a producer at 60 Minutes, where he has worked for the past 12 years. He has been covering conflicts since 1992, when at the age of 25, he was working in Europe for an English-language newspaper and was sent to Bosnia during the height of that conflict.

At 60 Minutes, Newton has produced pieces from Iraq to Afghanistan. He has covered the Egyptian revolution as well as the U.S. effort to hunt down remnants of the Lord’s Resistance Army in Africa. He’s been on combat operations with the Navy SEALS in 2004 in Afghanistan and has been on numerous combat missions with U.S. Special Forces in both Iraq, Afghanistan and the Central African Republic. In his career, which spans more than two decades, he has been to some 74 countries. It has been dangerous work. In 2004, his vehicle rolled over a mine on the eastern border of Afghanistan. While he was in Ramadi, Iraq in 2006, on assignment for CBS, he was shot covering the siege of that city by Al Qaeda militants. This past season, he spent three weeks in Somalia reporting on the recovery of a lost  American helicopter, called Super 61, shot down during the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu.

He first began his reporting career in Louisville, Kentucky while working for his high school newspaper in the early 80s. His early career was as a print reporter at various newspapers and magazines from Kentucky to North Carolina to California. He also worked as a reporter for Reuters in Afghanistan before coming to work for 60 Minutes.He has won two Emmy Awards for his war reporting in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the prestigious Alfred I. DuPont Award, given by Columbia University, for his Afghanistan reporting. He is also the recipient of an Edward R. Murrow Award, given out by RTDNA, and the David Kaplan Award for international reporting, awarded by the Overseas Press Club of America, to name a few.

Newton, 46, currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his 95-pound Great Dane, Belle. He enjoys ice hockey, hiking, rock climbing and soccer.  Newton is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, where he was recently inducted into the university’s Distinguished Alumni  “Hall of Honor.” But his proudest achievement is being inducted to the Atherton High School Hall of Fame, where he was a crap student until they set him free in 1986.

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