Legendary CBS Newsman Mike Wallace has died at the age of 93.
Wallace was a staple on CBS for a half century, and was most well-known for his reports on the newsmagazine “60 Minutes,” for which he served as a correspondent. Wallace was one of the original correspondents on that program when it debuted in 1968, and remained a regular contributor up until 2008.
Next Sunday’s installment of “6o Minutes” will be dedicated to Wallace’s life and career.
It was 65 years from Mike’s first appearance on camera – a World War II film for the Navy – to his last television appearance, a “60 Minutes” interview with Roger Clemens, the baseball star trying to fight off accusations of steroid use.
“All of us at CBS News and particularly at 60 Minutes owe so much to Mike,” said Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and executive producer of 60 Minutes in a statement. “Without him and his iconic style, there probably wouldn’t be a 60 Minutes. There simply hasn’t been another broadcast journalist with that much talent. It almost didn’t matter what stories he was covering, you just wanted to hear what he would ask next. Around CBS he was the same infectious, funny and ferocious person as he was on TV. We loved him and we will miss him very much.”
Wallace is survived by his son, Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, three stepchildren, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
After the jump, Wallace’s obituary from CBS News.