Long time “60 Minutes” correspondent Mike Wallace died Saturday night. He passed away at a care facility in New Haven, Connecticut. He was 93 years old. Wallace spent four decades as a news correspondent. He interviewed many icons of the 20th Century. His hard hitting style of journalism will be missed.
Wallace was born on May 9, 1918, in Brookline, Massachusetts. He graduated in 1939 and went on to do radio shows in Ann Arbor and Detroit. He was a communications officer in the US Navy in World War 2. He joined CBS in 1951. He was a part of “60 Minutes” from its inception in 1968. During his time on “60 Minutes” he won 21 Emmy awards, 5 Peabody awards, and 5 DuPont-Columbia journalism awards. He was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1991.
He revealed later in life that he struggled with depression and had to take medication to treat it. He admitted that he once attempted suicide via pill overdose. Wallace testified before the Senate’s Special Committee on Aging to make the case for more funding for depression research in 1996. In 2008 he underwent successful triple-bypass surgery.
Wallace had two sons and was married four times. His oldest son, Peter, died in a hiking accident in Greece in 1962. His youngest son, Chris Wallace, works at Fox News and is notable as being the host of Fox News Sunday. Chris has done a remarkable job carrying on his father’s legacy. Mike Wallace was survived by son Chris, wife Mary Yates Wallace, stepdaughter Pauline Dora, and stepson Eames Yates.