BY TROY A. BLEVINS, Web Editor
Broadcast legend Mike Wallace, known for his impeccable and tough interviews on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” died Saturday. He passed away peacefully at a care facility in New Canaan, Conn., where he had lived in recent years, according to CBS News. He was 93.
“Mike Wallace is here to see you” became the frightful message to those who had to face the “60 Minutes” interrogator. His fearsome reputation and contributions were what made the show addicting and led it in television ratings for decades.
“Wallace was from the beginning and for many years, the heart and soul of ‘60 Minutes,’” said Dan Rather in a statement. He was a former CBS Evening News anchor who contributed to the show. “Mike was sharp and quick of mind, a fierce competitor and a master interviewer.”
The New York Times had sat down with Wallace in 2006 and asked how he would like to be remembered.
“Tough but fair,” said Wallace. “I think that’s a credo for a good reporter, a good journalist. Tough but fair.”
Before his broadcast career, Wallace attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. As a student, he was a reporter for the Michigan Daily, the university’s student newspaper. You can read more about the alum from their website at www.michigandaily.com.
Upon graduation from the university, Wallace began his career on radio in Michigan. His first job was in Grand Rapids as a writer and newscaster for WOOD radio. Afterwards, he headed to Detroit as an announcer for WXYZ Radio (now WXYT).
CBS announced it will hold a special program dedicated to Wallace on “60 Minutes” this Sunday, April 15.
Wallace is survived by his wife, his son, a stepdaughter, two stepsons, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.