Stahl, a 29-year veteran with CBS, will speak about current events in television news at the free lecture sponsored by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Organizers said Stahl was asked to speak because of her stature in the field of journalism.
"We wanted to get a prominent person, someone with authority and someone working on current news events," said Richard Cole, dean of the journalism school.
The journalism school began working to schedule Stahl earlier in the semester, Cole said.
"It was difficult to schedule, but once we worked it into her schedule, she was thrilled to come," he said.
Stahl's appearance is the latest of several occasions when CBS reporters have visited the journalism school in the past. "The school has had close ties with CBS over the years," Cole said.
Other CBS personalities that have participated at school functions include Dan Rather, Walter Cronkite, Bill Plante, Bob Schieffer and UNC graduate Draggan Mihailovich, who works at "60 Minutes II."
The lecture's planners said they were glad the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., did not prevent Stahl from coming to Chapel Hill.
"With anything, there might be something that pull them away and they can't come," said Jennifer Lamb, assistant dean for alumni and development at the journalism school. "We just crossed our fingers."