The news industry suffered a big loss this weekend with the passing of Mike Wallace of ’60 Minutes’ fame.
Wallace, 93, died in his sleep on Saturday night surrounded by family.
He rose to fame from the iconic Sunday evening newsmagazine and helped to make it the number one program of all time. The show scored in the Nielsen top 10 list for 23 seasons, spending five of those at the top spot.
To say Wallace was a “tough” journalist was an understatement. He asked questions and dug deep where others were afraid to go. His reputation preceded him as he grilled world leaders and other noted figures for years.
Wallace called himself “nosey” and he wasn’t lying about it. But, he did it in the name of good journalism. You have to love someone who is willing to go the distance to get the story.
Be sure to watch the compilation that Wallace’s “60 Minutes” colleague Morley Safer put together to honor the newsman. It’s pretty interesting!
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