Popular and iconic CBS news Journalist Mike Wallace died Saturday night at the age of 93-year-old. It was less than a month shy of his upcoming Birthday. Networks report he passed away peacefully with family surrounding him at a home care facility in New Canaan, Conn.
His tough interview style drew fans across the globe but also caused him trouble with lawsuits and critics who challenged his reports. Wallace was in the spotlight over 50-years, with a long stint at CBS news even helping to create the historic news show 60-Minutes , back in 1968. It became the longest running news show in history and holds records for the top spots in the ratings books for decades.
Most knew him as Mike Wallace but he was actually born Myron Wallace in Brookline Massachusetts, on May 9, 1918. Lucky for us, he began his news career in Chicago in the 1940’s. Originally he was a radio news writer for the Chicago Sun and then a news reporter for WMAQ. But amazingly enough, he joined CBS in 1951. When will anyone in our generation stick with a company that long in the future? Never….
Mike Wallace was an incredible journalist and was compelling with his delivery. I loved watching him, he made news exciting and kept me glued to 60-minutes. CHECK OUT THIS OLD VIDEO FOOTAGE, it is his report on a “taboo” topic, especially back in the 60’s.
R.I.P. Mr. Wallace…your legendary news reporting will be remembered forever.
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