At the age of 93, one of CBS’s original correspondents and most famous ’60 Minutes’ reporters, Mike Wallace, passed away this past Saturday night. His death was announced the following morning on the CBS Morning Show and afterwards on ‘Face The Nation’ with Bob Schieffer.
Wallace, who died at his home in New Canaan, Connecticut, had some heart surgery performed just before he turned 90. CBS said in a statement that he had been in a care center in Canaan, and passed peacefully surrounded by his family.
While working towards his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Michigan, Wallace worked as a reporter at the Michigan Daily. After graduating college he worked in radio in Grand Rapids, Detroit, and Chicago. In 1943 he was enlisted into service with the Navy as a communications officer during World War II on the USS Anthedon, a submarine tender.
Never having to see combat in the war, he was honorably discharged in 1946 and went back to work in Chicago. From the late 40’s to the 60’s Wallace announced radio game shows, action radio shows such as, ‘Sky King’ and ‘The Green Hornet,’ to even calling wrestling matches.
He started working on ’60 Minutes’ in 1968 and retired in 2006, but returned in 2008 to interview MLB pitcher Roger Clemens.
Wallace had two sons of his own. Peter, his oldest, died at the age of 19 in a mountain-climbing accident in Greece in 1962. His other son, Chris, followed in his footsteps as a reporter and host’s Fox News Sunday. He also had three stepchildren.
“All of us at CBS News and particularly at ’60 Minutes’ owe so much to Mike,” Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and executive producer of “60 Minutes” said. “Without him and his iconic style, there probably wouldn’t be a ’60 Minutes.’ There simply hasn’t been another broadcast journalist with that much talent. It almost didn’t matter what stories he was covering, you just wanted to hear what he would ask next.”