Mike Wallace spent a large part of his career with “60 Minutes” before retiring in 2006. CBS News announced his death today. He was 93.
Bob Scheiffer, the host of “Face the Nation,” announced his passing on CBS this morning, saying that Wallace died on Saturday night in New Haven, Connecticut. He was surrounded by his family.
Wallace had been in failing health in recent years.
His last interview for CBS was with retired baseball star Roger Clemens, which aired in January 2008.
Wallace was the first person to be hired by the legendary CBS producer, Don Hewitt, when he was putting together the staff for “60 Minutes.” He won 21 Emmy awards, five DuPont-Columbia journalism awards, and five Peabody awards during his illustrious career.
Wallace was never frightened to be confrontational with his guests. Perhaps the most famous examples of is no-nonsense style were the interviews with Barbra Streisand in 1991 and Louis Farrakhan in 2005.
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