Thursday, June 20, 2013
Sad news to report about one of the most prolific reporters in history. Mike Wallace, longtime 60 Minutes correspondent, died Saturday. The hard-hitting interviewer is survived by his wife, Mary Yates, and son, Chris Wallace, who followed in his dad's footsteps and is a solid journalist in his own right. Mike Wallace began his career on the radio after returning from World War II, then he moved on to acting on television, starring in commercials for Parliament cigarettes and hosting game shows. Wallace has been credited for introducing most white Americans to the Muslim religion back in 1959, when he produced the documentary, The Hate that Hate Produced. He interviewed high-profile personalities such as Malcolm X and Barbra Streisand but regretted losing the opportunity to interview Pat Nixon. Toward the end of his 60 Minutes career, he interviewed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2006. He retired in 2008, and his final interview was with the baseball player Roger Clemens. Mike Wallace was 93.