Mike Wallace

Anchor/ Correspondent


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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About
About this interview

In his three-hour Archive interview, Mike Wallace (1918-2012) talks about his early radio work, television's Mike and Buff, The Mike Wallace Interviews, and reporting the 1960 presidential election coverage. Then in 1963, he became a news correspondent at CBS, which led to his legendary position on 60 Minutes. Steve McClellan conducted the interview in New York, NY on April 17, 1998.

"In the best of all possible worlds, everybody would be honorable, but that's not the way the world works. Reputations for reporters are made by discovering things underneath that rock."

Highlights
Mike Wallace on co-hosting Mike and Buff
06:13
Mike Wallace on joining 60 Minutes; on detailing the concept of the program
19:16
Mike Wallace on being sued for libel (and beginning his battle with depression) by William Westmoreland after he interviewed him for his special The Uncounted Enemy: A Vietnam Deception
07:38
Mike Wallace on what makes a good interview
01:02
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early years and influences on first learning about television in Chicago

Chapter 2

On his first impressions of television; on his first shows Mike and Buff and Night Beat

Chapter 3

On his work on TV's Newsbeat, Race for Space, and covering the 1960 Presidential election

Chapter 4

On his work as a correspondent on 60 Minutes

Chapter 5

On his work on 60 Minutes (continued)

Chapter 6

On the continued success and challenges of 60 Minutes; on people he's worked with over the course of his career
Shows

60 Minutes

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Mike Wallace on joining 60 Minutes; on detailing the concept of the program
19:16
Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes' coverage of the Vietnam War
10:20
Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes' coverage of Watergate
01:40

CBS News

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Mike Wallace on anchoring The CBS Morning News
03:14

Mike and Buff

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Mike Wallace on co-hosting Mike and Buff
06:13

Stand By for Crime

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Mike Wallace on one of his first TV roles, Lt. Anthony Kidd on Stand By for Crime (Note: he states the name as Lt. Michael Kidd)
03:00

Super Circus

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Mike Wallace on his work as a pitchman for Peter Pan peanut butter on Super Circus, and the sponsor's exit after a live TV incident involving elephants
04:02
Topics

Hollywood Blacklist

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Mike Wallace on how CBS handled the blacklist
03:05

Richard M. Nixon

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Mike Wallace on covering Richard Nixon's presidential campaign in 1967-68
06:17
Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes' coverage of Watergate
01:40

Vietnam War

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Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes' coverage of the Vietnam War
10:20
Mike Wallace on being sued for libel (and beginning his battle with depression) by William Westmoreland after he interviewed him for his special The Uncounted Enemy: A Vietnam Deception
07:38
Professions

Interviewer

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Mike Wallace on what makes a good interview
01:02
Genres

Commercials

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Mike Wallace on his work as a pitchman for Peter Pan peanut butter on Super Circus, and the sponsor's exit after a live TV incident involving elephants
04:02

News and Documentary

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Mike Wallace on what makes a good interview
01:02
People

Buff Cobb

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Mike Wallace on co-hosting Mike and Buff
06:13

Don Hewitt

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Mike Wallace on joining 60 Minutes; on detailing the concept of the program
19:16

Richard M. Nixon

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Mike Wallace on covering Richard Nixon's presidential campaign in 1967-68
06:17

William S. Paley

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Mike Wallace on anchoring The CBS Morning News
03:14

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