Steve Kroft confirms extra-marital affair with New York lawyer

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Famed TV journalist and 60 Minutes host Steve Kroft has landed an exclusive — except he’s the story.

The National Enquirer reported Monday the anchor has been carrying on an extra-marital affair with a New York-based lawyer for three years.

Kroft, 69, has been with 60 Minutes for more than 25 years. He first joined CBS News as a reporter in 1980. He is married Jennet Conant, with whom he has one son.

He first met Lisan Goines at a bar in the St. Regis Hotel in New York, according to the New York Post’s Page Six. 

Kroft confirmed the Enquirer report and provided the tabloid a statement Wednesday:

I had an extramarital affair that was a serious lapse of personal judgment and extremely hurtful to my wife and family, and for that I have nothing but regret. This was a personal failure, not a professional one, and had no impact whatsoever on my job as a journalist. My wife and I are committed to each other and are working hard to get past this, and consider it a private matter.

This season of 60 Minutes is Kroft’s 26th on the program. In 1992, Kroft famously grilled Bill Clinton during his presidential campaign whether he had an extra-marital affair with Gennifer Flowers.