Sad news this Easter Sunday: Journalism icon Mike Wallace has died at 93

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CBS newsman Mike Wallace, who helped make 60 Minutes the most successful prime-time television news program ever, has died, the Associated Press reported. He was 93.

Wallace died Saturday night, CBS spokesman Kevin Tedesco said. On CBS’ Face the Nation, host Bob Schieffer said Wallace died in New Haven, Conn. The announcer was born in 1918.

In interviews after he retired, Wallace said he would want his epitaph to read, “Tough But Fair.”

Immediate reactions:

ABC News story.

Creative Loafing’s Mitch Perry’s story.

Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and executive producer of 60 Minutes:

“Without him and his iconic style, there probably wouldn’t be a 60 Minutes.”

New York Times obituary.

Orlando Sentinel’s Hal Boedecker:

“Wallace set the interviewing standard when he questioned Ayatollah Khomeini and Jack Kevorkian.”

Morley Safer:

“For half a century, he took on corrupt politicians, scam artists and bureaucratic bumblers. His visits were preceded by the four dreaded words: Mike Wallace is here.”

Brian Stelter:

“‘Wallace entered semi-retirement in 2006, but returned to ’60 Minutes’ for interviews with Mitt Romney, Jack Kevorkian and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He last appeared on ’60 Minutes’ in January 2008, when he had an exclusive interview with Roger Clemens, a baseball legend who had been accused of steroid use. Weeks after the interview was shown, Mr. Wallace underwent a triple bypass surgery. … In interviews after he retired, Mike Wallace said he would want his epitaph to read, ‘Tough But Fair.’

Highlights:

Mike Wallace interviews Ayn Rand in 1959.

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