Mike Wallace

Mike Wallace and 60 Minutes were the perfect marriage of man and medium. The great news producer Don Hewitt brilliantly paired the combative Wallace with the reassuring Harry Reasoner to launch his television newsmagazine in 1968. Mike, who was 93 when he died on April 7, helped invent a distinctive style of fearless reporting that was perfectly suited to this new genre. His encounters with world leaders, celebrities and scoundrels--or combinations of the three--built the program's reputation for unflinching pursuit of the truth on the viewers' behalf. The audience understood: if a correspondent is willing to ask Ayatullah Ruhollah Khomeini whether...

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