Mike Wallace, our guest of honor on May 10th, has been a 60 Minutes correspondent since its premiere in 1968. His experience as a newsman dates back to the 1940’s, when he was a radio news writer and broadcaster for the Chicago Sun. After serving as a naval communications officer during World War II, he became a news reporter for radio station WMAQ in Chicago.
He first joined CBS in 1951, left the network in 1955 and returned in 1963, when he was named a CBS News correspondent. Wallace’s no-holds-barred interviewing technique and enterprising reportage are well known and his numerous and timely interviews read like a who’s who of newsmakers; George H. W. Bush, Ronald and Nancy Reagan, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, John F. Kennedy, Deng Xiaping, Manuel Noriega, the Ayatollah Khomeni, Menachim Begin, Anwar el Sadat,Yasir Arafat, the Shah of Iran, King Hussein, Hafez Assad, Muammar Qaddafi, Kurt Waldheim, H. R. Haldeman, Vladimir Horowitz, Itzhak Perlman, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Leonard Bernstein, and Vladimir Putin among many others.
Wallace is the recipient of numerous awards including 20 Emmy Awards. He also received the Fred F. Friendly First Amendment Award for his journalistic contributions to free speech. In 1996 he was awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award grand prize and television first prize for “CBS Reports” broadcast. “In the Killing Fields of America”, a three-hour report he co-anchored on violence in America. His other professional honors include three Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, three George Foster Peabody awards, a Robert E. Sherwood Award, a Distinguished Achievement Award from the University of Southern California School of Journalism
and a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in the international broadcast category.
In 1975, Wallace was elected a fellow of the Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi, and was awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters by the University of Massachusetts in 1978. In May 1987, he received an honorary doctorate of laws from the University of Michigan and, in 1989, an honorary doctorate of laws from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1993, he was named Broadcaster of the Year by the International Radio and Television Society.
Mike Wallace was born on May 9, 1918 in Brookline, MA. He was graduated from the University of Michigan in 1939 with a B.A. degree. He has a son Chris and a daughter Pauline. He and his wife, Mary, live in New York.