Newsman Mike Wallace, who spent four decades interviewing newsmakers for CBS’ “60 Minutes” is dead at 93. His death was announced by CBS colleague Bob Schieffer, the host of “Face the Nation,” during the show’s Sunday (April 8) broadcast.
Wallace, said Schieffer, died on Saturday night at a care facility in New Haven, Conn., with his family around him.
“It is with tremendous sadness that we mark the passing of Mike Wallace,” Leslie Moonves, the chief executive of CBS Corporation, says in a statement. “His extraordinary contribution as a broadcaster is immeasurable and he has been a force within the television industry throughout its existence. His loss will be felt by all of us at CBS.”
Wallace was a poineer of the TV news magazine format and an indomitable interviewer. He was also public about his life-long battle with depression, which he chronicled in a first-person interview for Guideposts magazine.
“Every time I reach out beyond myself–to my family and friends, to my doctor, to my coworkers and the public to whom we bring the news, to the whole community of people who battle depressive disorders, and to the one I have turned to ever since I was a boy in Brookline–I find the hope that has led me out of the darkness,” he wrote.
As for his epitaph, Wallace once told the New York Times he’d want it to read, “Tough But Fair.”
Above, a promotional poster from Mike Wallace’s early days in radio.