Mike Wallace of '60 Minutes' dies at 93
Mike Wallace, a broadcast journalism pioneer known for his reporting on "60 Minutes," died at the age of 93 on April 7, according to the Associated Press. Wallace died at a care facility in New Canaan, Conn., where he had lived in recent years.
Wallace continued making news, doing "60 Minutes" interviews until heart surgery in 2008 forced him to slow down. He retired as a correspondent in 2006 but promised to still do occasional reports. In 2007 he profiled GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and interviewed Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the assisted suicide doctor released from prison in 2007, who died last year.
The newscaster's career spanned 60 years. His "extraordinary contribution as a broadcaster is immeasurable and he has been a force within the television industry throughout its existence," Leslie Moonves, CBS Corp. president and CEO, said in a statement on April 8.
Wallace was the first man hired when late CBS news producer Don Hewitt put together the staff of "60 Minutes" at its inception in 1968. Wallace amassed 21 Emmy awards during his career, as well as five DuPont-Columbia journalism and five Peabody awards.
The journalist was born Myron Wallace on May 9, 1918, in Brookline, Mass. He began his news career in Chicago in the 1940s, first as radio news writer for the Chicago Sun and then as reporter for WMAQ. He started at CBS in 1951.
He was married four times. In 1986, he wed Mary Yates Wallace, the widow of his close friend and colleague, Ted Yates, who had died in 1967. Besides his wife, Wallace is survived by his son, Chris - who is also a broadcast journalist, a stepdaughter, Pauline Dora, and stepson Eames Yates.