Mike Wallace, '60 Minutes' interviewer, dies

11:04 AM, Apr 9, 2012   |    comments
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NEW YORK -- 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 Canaan, Conn.

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According to a statement released by CBS, Wallace " passed peacefully surrounded by family members."

He was known for his famous interviews, including one with Malcolm X. Wallace spent 38 seasons as a full-time correspondent for 60 Minutes.

Wallace devoted twenty-three of his years helping  his colleagues keep the pioneer news magazine as a top-ten rated show. During his tenure 60 Minutes finished as the number one show five times.

The announcer, whose career spanned 60 years, was born on May 9, 1918, in Brookline, Mass.

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