Joseph Wershba

News Producer / Journalist


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About this interview

In his six-hour Archive interview, news producer Joseph Wershba (1920 - 2011) speaks about working with Fred Friendly and Edward R. Murrow on See it Now (including the famous program on Senator Joseph R. McCarthy), producing for CBS Reports, and segment producing 60 Minutes for over 20 years. Jeff Kisseloff conducted the interview in Manhasset Hills, NY on October 14, 1997.

"I remember when Walter [Cronkite] said the Nixon White House was in a conspiracy to destroy the news media and I said, 'Walter, I wouldn't use the word conspiracy.' When you saw the documentation, I went back years later and apologized to him. There was a conspiracy."

Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early years and influences; on his interest in journalism; on his military service during World War II
27:56

Chapter 2

On his work with CBS radio news; on his transition to television; on some of the early news stories he covered; on working with Don Hollenbeck 
28:49

Chapter 3

On Don Hollenbeck's reaction to Edward R. Murrow's broadcast on Senator McCarthy; working at CBS News with Fred Friendly and Edward R. Murrow; on working with Walter Cronkite; on I Can Hear it Now (Murrow's radio program) and See It Now
28:58

Chapter 4

On Edward R. Murrow and Fred Friendly's working relationship; on transitioning to television; on See It Now
28:20

Chapter 5

On working on See It Now; on the show's major stories including "The Case of Milo Radulovich" (1953)
28:56

Chapter 6

On the historic See It Now broadcast on Senator Joseph McCarthy
28:28

Chapter 7

On some of the major stories covered on See It Now; on the legacy of See It Now in 60 Minutes; on joining 60 Minutes; on his last visit with Edward R. Murrow
27:46

Chapter 8

On covering The Korean Conflict for CBS News; on starting on 60 Minutes
27:59

Chapter 9

On his work on 60 Minutes
27:36

Chapter 10

On some of the stories he produced for 60 Minutes
27:11

Chapter 11

On some of the people he worked with in his career
28:05

Chapter 12

On some of the people he worked with in his career (continued); on photos illustrating some of his work
25:56
Shows

60 Minutes

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Joseph Wershba on the legacy of See It Now in 60 Minutes; on joining 60 Minutes
03:04
Joseph Wershba on joining 60 Minutes
14:00
Joseph Wershba on his work on 60 Minutes
27:34
Joseph Wershba on some of the stories he produced for 60 Minutes
27:11

See It Now

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Joseph Wershba on See It Now
28:20
Joseph Wershba on working on the See It Now story about reserve Air Force lieutenant Milo Radulovich
02:35
Joseph Wershba on the historic See It Now broadcast on Senator Joseph McCarthy
28:27
Joseph Wershba on some of the major stories covered on See It Now
27:45
Joseph Wershba on the legacy of See It Now in 60 Minutes; on joining 60 Minutes
03:04

See It Now: "A Report on Senator Joseph R. McCarthy"

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Joseph Wershba on the historic See It Now broadcast on Senator Joseph McCarthy
28:27
Topics

Korean War

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Joseph Wershba on covering the Korean Conflict for CBS
13:59
People

Fred Friendly

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Joseph Wershba on the historic See It Now broadcast on Senator Joseph McCarthy
28:27

Don Hewitt

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Joseph Wershba on his work on 60 Minutes
27:35

Edward R. Murrow

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Joseph Wershba on the historic See It Now broadcast on Senator Joseph McCarthy
28:27
Joseph Wershba on the last time he saw Edward R. Murrow
02:24

William S. Paley

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Joseph Wershba on the historic See It Now broadcast on Senator Joseph McCarthy
28:27

Frank Stanton

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Joseph Wershba on the historic See It Now broadcast on Senator Joseph McCarthy
28:28

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