60 Minutes: Who is Katie Spikes? (60 Minutes dedication explained)

SAVANNAH, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 29: Katie Spikes speaks onstage at the Wonder Women: Producers event during the 24th SCAD Savannah Film Festival on October 29, 2021 in Savannah, Georgia. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for SCAD)
SAVANNAH, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 29: Katie Spikes speaks onstage at the Wonder Women: Producers event during the 24th SCAD Savannah Film Festival on October 29, 2021 in Savannah, Georgia. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for SCAD) /
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60 Minutes returned with a new season on Sunday, Sept. 17. The CBS program came after a nail-biter of a game between the Washington Commanders and the Denver Broncos.

The news program also touched on football as it covered Deion Sanders, NFL legend and head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes. His work at the University of Colorado has been a highlight for the school whose football program has re-surged in relevancy since his hiring. 60 Minutes additional coverage included an interview with the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy as well as Brothers and Sisters in Arms, military reservists fighting to retain democracy in Israel.

At the end of the hour, as the credits rolled, a dedication for Katie Spikes aired. Here’s what we know about the producer.

60 Minutes dedication explained: Who is Katie Spikes?

Spikes was a 60 Minutes and CBS News producer who had a 30 year career at CBS. At the time of her passing she also served as the former program’s senior story editor and, according to CBS News, “was the driving force responsible for landing a wide range of headline-making interview subjects, including former President Barack Obama, author Michael Lewis, actor Joaquin Phoenix and Olympic star Michael Phelps.”

In 1997, Spikes won an Emmy for her work covering the passing of Princess Diana for CBS News. She was known not only for the relationships she cultivated which resulted in rare access like 60 Minutes documenting Tony Bennett’s farewell concerts with Lady Gaga but also for mentoring junior staff. She nurtured the careers of reporters and producers at both 60 Minutes and CBS News.

You can learn more about her storied career, here. Spikes passed on July 25, 2023 from cancer which she’d been fighting for five years. She was 53 years old.

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