Patti Hassler was named executive editor, 60 MINUTES, in June 2004. She held the same title at 60 MINUTES II before assuming her current role.
Hassler has devoted most of her 29 years at CBS News to 60 MINUTES, first to the original broadcast, where she became a producer, and then serving to launch 60 MINUTES II, as its senior producer, in August 1998. She was named executive editor of 60 MINUTES II in December 1999.
Between her roles on the 60 MINUTES franchise, Hassler served as an executive producer at CBS News Productions (1996-98), overseeing documentaries produced for the Discovery Channel and the Learning Channel, as well as a 13-part series on the history of country music for The Nashville Network, among other projects. She also was responsible for CBS News Productions’ contribution to “Biography: This Week” for the A&E Television Network and, in August 1996, was named Director of Programming for the unit.
Hassler produced nearly 70 stories for 60 MINUTES from 1983 to 1996, first for the late Harry Reasoner and then for Morley Safer. She joined the broadcast in 1978.
Hassler was born on April 20, 1955, in Columbia, S.C. She was graduated from Smith College in 1977. Hassler lives in New Canaan, CT.