CBS' Mike Wallace Dies At 93
Posted on Sun Apr 8, 2012 03:26 PM PDT
LOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Legendary newsman Mike Wallace, of CBS' 60 Minutes died at age 93 Saturday night in New Canaan, Conn.
"All of us at CBS News and particularly at 60 Minutes owe so much to Mike. Without him and his iconic style, there probably wouldn't be a 60 Minutes, said Jeff Fager, chairman CBS News and executive producer of the show.
Wallace was known for his relentless interview style, which David Bauder of Ap described: "Wallace didn't just interview people," wrote Bauder on Sunday. "He interrogated them. He cross-examined them. Sometimes he eviscerated them. His weapons were many: thorough research, a cocked eyebrow, a skeptical 'Come on' and a question so direct sometimes it took your breath away."
Wallace's last interview was in January 2008, with baseball player Roger Clemens, on the sports star's alleged steroid use. After a triple bypass later that month, the report retired from public life.
"It is with tremendous sadness that we mark the passing of Mike Wallace. 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," said Leslie Moonves, president and CEO, CBS Corporation.