You may not know her name, but you do know her work. Johnson has been with “60 Minutes” since the beginning, as make-up artist for the correspondents and some high-profile guests, President’s Johnson, Ford and Clinton among them. Riccie Johnson’s most famous subjects: The Beatles, when they made their American TV debut on the Ed Sullivan show 50 years ago.
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In an interview with Parade, “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace reflects on the advice he received from his father, the late “60 Minutes” correspondent Mike Wallace. “He had certainly always had advice to give me and most of the time, or at least some of the time, I listened to him,” Wallace said:
The biggest piece of advice he gave me was professionalism. Oddly enough for somebody who ended up as such a superstar, [he] never thought he was all that talented, [and] had serious doubts about his looks. He had grown up with a serious complexion problem, and so he always felt very strongly that you have to outwork the competition. It’s not going to be handed to you, and if you want to be better than somebody else, you got to work harder. I was very much ingrained with this sense of hard work, preparation, especially for interviews. When you’re talking to a mayor or a city councilman or now to a senator or a secretary of state, they’re going to know more about the subject than you are, but you can know enough that you can make it pretty clear to them, pretty quickly, that they can’t spin you, because you’ll capture them.
“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace does a Q+A with The Chicago Sun Times about his 50 years in broadcasting, the lessons he learned from his father Mike Wallace, and the general state of the news media:
Q: You are the only person who has had an anchoring role on two Sunday morning news shows. How do you see the role of the Sunday morning shows and how that’s evolved?
A: The reason it’s such a joy to be the anchor of a Sunday news show is that unlike in so much of the news business you have to almost apologize for being serious — for talking about policy. There’s a pressure to get off it as quickly as possible. The Sunday morning shows are the places were policy and serious subjects and in-depth interviews are desirable. That’s why people tune in to a Sunday talk show. You can talk in depth, you can talk seriously about issues. It’s more about light than heat, and you make no apologies for it. It’s sort of a self-selecting audience. It’s an audience that doesn’t want stunts, doesn’t want flash, they want a serious discussion of issues by serious people. It’s a joy to be presiding over that.
Q: How do you see the impact of celebrity culture on the news business? Read more
- Politico’s Dylan Byers reports Chelsea Clinton‘s annual salary from NBC News was $600,000. Clinton, whose contract was up for renewal this year, remains on NBC’s payroll on a month-to-month basis, an agreement put in place so that Clinton can exit in case Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016.
- Milwaukee Magazine previews the latest installment of Al Jazeera America’s “Fault Lines,” a documentary about the battle over mining in Wisconsin. The episode premieres tonight at 7pmET.
- Chris Wallace sat down with Robert De Niro this week for an interview that airs on “Fox News Sunday” tomorrow. Wallace and De Niro talked about a complicated issues between fathers and sons, something they have in common. “What you’re describing is very familiar to me, the idea that he loves you — but he’s absent,” Wallace, the son of the late CBS newsman Mike Wallace, told De Niro.
Chris Wallace celebrates his tenth anniversary as host of “Fox News Sunday” this weekend. “If you look at our interviews, I think they tend to be tougher, more informative, more interesting and produce more news,” he tells the AP’s David Bauder. “I like where we stand.” Wallace also says he’s not planning on making any career moves soon:
Wallace, 66, who covered the White House for NBC News during the Ronald Reagan administration and also moderated ‘‘Meet the Press,’’ said ‘‘there is a special joy in having the best job of your career in the home stretch of your career.’’
For the Wallace family, ‘‘home stretch’’ is a relative term. His dad, Mike, who died last year at 93, worked at ‘‘60 Minutes’’ until he was almost 90. ‘‘When I was hired by Roger [Ailes] 10 years ago, I said, ‘Looking at my father’s career, I can only give you 30 years,’’’ he said. ‘‘So it’s 10 down, 20 to go.’’
44 years ago today, “60 Minutes” debuted. “It’s a kind of a magazine for television,” Harry Reasoner described it. Like yesterday’s show, which included interviews with the two men running for president, that first episode included stories about the 1968 presidential election, with a “60 Minutes” camera capturing GOP nominee Richard Nixon discussing who his running mate might be, and Democratic nominee Hubert Humphrey securing his nomination.
Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace has covered many political conventions, but this year’s are the first since the death of his father, CBS News’ Mike Wallace. The “Fox News Sunday” host talks to the Los Angeles Times about the experience:
Well, I certainly have been thinking about my dad a lot recently. He only died a few months ago, in April. I miss him every day. And coming to a convention, he, for a number of years, was the quintessential floor reporter and then he passed the torch to me in 1980, and I started as a floor reporter at NBC. Sure, I think about him all the time.
“Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace was interviewed at FNC’s Washington bureau by Howard Kurtz of CNN/The Daily Beast. Kurtz asked about President Obama’s recent swipes at Fox News on the campaign trail. “Some people here at Fox may be upset about it,” Wallace answered. “I’m not. We’re big boys. We dish it out, we can take it.”
If the news business was like football, Mike Wallace would be its MVP. But if news was a beauty contest, Wallace would never have been Mr. Congeniality.
That’s what hundreds of Mike Wallace’s friends, colleagues and family — four generations of them — learned as they gathered at the Rose Hall at Time Warner Center to remember the “60 Minutes” original who died April 8 at age 93.
Morley Safer and Steve Kroft remembered Wallace’s unrelenting competitive streak. When Kroft had set up an interview with Gov. Bill Clinton in 1988, amidst accusations of an extra-marital affair, Kroft says, “Mike offered me encouragement, while trying to take the story away from me.”
Safer admitted months would go by without the two reporters even speaking to each other. In a taped piece, the late Ed Bradley echoed the sentiment, after Wallace stole a Manuel Noriega interview from him. “You and I didn’t talk for six months,” Bradley says to Wallace who is unmoved.
“He brought the same zeal to a story as he did to a penny ante poker game,” said Safer.
Wallace even stole a story from his own son, Chris Wallace who, at the time, was working for ABC’s “Primetime.” In the Fall of 1997, young Wallace had set up an interview with comedian Chris Rock. Rock canceled not long before the shoot. Wallace later found out why.
“My old man had stolen the interview!” said Wallace. “And he knew he’d stolen it from me!” Bradley ended up conducting the Rock interview, mostly to make amends for the Noriega theft, but also to keep in good stead with his son.
“He was so exasperating and yet so endearing,” said Wallace choking back tears.
“It took many years for us to find our path to each other,” the Fox News anchor admitted. “He had a good heart. He could be naughty. But he was never mean.”
CBS News is planning a memorial service for the late “60 Minutes” correspondent Mike Wallace. The service, open to family, friends and colleagues, will be held Tuesday, May 1 at the Rose Hall in Time Warner Center. The 93-year-old Wallace died April 8. His son, Fox News Channel host Chris Wallace, as well as hundreds of Mike Wallace’s colleagues from his more than 45 years at CBS News, will attend.
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