Legendary TV journalist Mike Wallace passed away Saturday night at a care facility in Connecticut. He was 93 years old. One of the original correspondents on 60 Minutes, Wallace was best known as a no-nonsense interviewer on the CBS news magazine show, which first aired in 1968. Bob Schieffer, host of Face of the Nation, called Wallace “one of the real pioneers in television journalism.”
In an essay for CBS News, fellow 60 Minutes correspondent Morley Safer said, “…there were very few 20th century icons who didn’t submit to a Mike Wallace interview. He lectured Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, on corruption. He lectured Yassir Arafat on violence. He asked the Ayatollah Khomeini if he were crazy.”
Before retiring in 2006, Wallace filed 800 reports and won 20 Emmys, according to Reuters. Watch Wallace’s last interview on 60 Minutes with baseball star Roger Clemens in 2008:
Wallace is survived by his wife, the former Mary Yates; his son, Chris; a stepdaughter, Pauline Dora; two stepsons, Eames and Angus Yates; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.