Bob Scheiffer, host of Face the Nation, announced Mike Wallace’s death on CBS this morning, saying that the journalistic legend died on Saturday night in New Haven, Connecticut with his family by his side.
Wallace had been deteriorating over the last several years.
His last interview for CBS was with retired MLB pitcher Roger Clemens, which aired in January 2008.
Wallace was the first person hired by legendary CBS producer Don Hewitt when he was compiling the staff for 60 Minutes. He won 21 Emmy awards, 5 DuPont-Columbia journalism awards, and five Peabody awards.
Until he was slowed by heart surgery as he approached his 90th birthday back in 2008, Wallace continued making news, doing 60 Minutes interviews with such subjects as Clemens and Jack Kevorkian. He had promised to still file occasional reports when he retired as a regular correspondent in March 2006.
At the time, Wallace said that he had long vowed to retire “when my toes turn up” and “they’re just beginning to curl a trifle. … It’s become apparent to me that my eyes and ears, among other appurtenances, aren’t quite what they used to be.”
Check out more on Mike Wallace below.
- Mike Wallace — Dead at 93 (tmz.com)
- Mike Wallace: Some of the ’60 Minutes’ journalist’s great interviews (popwatch.ew.com)
- CBS News Anchor Mike Wallace Dead At 93 (inquisitr.com)