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Also Known As: Don S. Hewitt, Donald Hewitt Died: August 19, 2009
Born: December 14, 1922 Cause of Death: pancreatic cancer
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: producer, director, news correspondent, newspaper editor, copy boy

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A legendary figure in 20th century television journalism, Don Hewitt was the creator and producer of "60 Minutes" (CBS, 1968- ), the longest running and one of the most influential news programs in the medium's history. Hewitt graduated from print to work his way up the ladder at CBS News, and developed a reputation for producing and directing hard-hitting and in-depth magazine-style shows that addressed multiple stories with greater scope and investigation than the nightly news. "60 Minutes" was his greatest and most popular program, and its combination of powerful coverage and hard-line interviews set the tone for investigative journalism for much of the four decades after its inception. The show's legacy was Hewitt's, and it helped cement him as one of TV's most insightful visionaries.

A legendary figure in 20th century television journalism, Don Hewitt was the creator and producer of "60 Minutes" (CBS, 1968- ), the longest running and one of the most influential news programs in the medium's history. Hewitt graduated from print to work his way up the ladder at CBS News, and developed a reputation for producing and directing hard-hitting and in-depth magazine-style shows that addressed multiple stories with greater scope and investigation than the nightly news. "60 Minutes" was his greatest and most popular program, and its combination of powerful coverage and hard-line interviews set the tone for investigative journalism for much of the four decades after its inception. The show's legacy was Hewitt's, and it helped cement him as one of TV's most insightful visionaries.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 William S. Paley: The Eye of CBS (2000) Interviewee
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 CBS: The First 50 Years (1998) Interviewee
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 60 Minutes at 30 (1998)
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Worked as a copy boy for New York's <i>Herald Tribune</i>
1943:
Joined the Merchant Marine Academy; became a war correspondent in London during WWII for <i>Stars and Stripes</i>
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Worked briefly as a journalist with the <i>Associated Press</i> and later as an editor for The Pelham Sun</i>
1948:
Successfully interviewed for a job at CBS while working for Acme Newspictures
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Produced and directed the 15-minute newscast, "Douglas Edwards with the News"
1960:
Produced and directed the first "Nixon-Kennedy Debate"
1963:
Executive produced the "CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite" for one season
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Headed up a new documentary division within CBS in the mid 1960s
1968:
Created and executive produced the CBS news magazine, "60 Minutes"
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Appeared on TV in the documentaries "Unauthorized Biography: Richard M. Nixon" (1989), "William S. Paley: Tribute to a Broadcasting Giant" and "Edward Murrow: This Reporter" (both 1990)
1997:
On-air role on "60 Minutes: More" (CBS' cable station)
1999:
Portrayed in the film "The Insider" by actor Philip Baker Hall
2004:
Stepped down as executive producer of CBS' "60 Minutes," but continued to work on the show
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Education

New Rochelle High School: New Rochelle , New York -
New York University: New York , New York - 1942

Notes

Hewitt on his personnel policy: "I never hire anyone who's not smarter than I am. But if they get too big, I smack them down."

Hewitt on his longevity in the world of TV: "I'll probably be here another 24 years. I'll be, what? 92? Yeah, I'll be here."

--fFrom Entertainment Weekly, November 1, 1991.

Mike Wallace, who, along with Hewitt and director of operations Joe Illigasch, has been with "60 Minutes" since its premiere, says of the program's creator: "His professional capacities are well understood. What is not as well known, perhaps, are certain of his personal qualities. He has the enthusiasm of a man one-third his age; fresh eyes, insatiable curiosity and a willingness to entertain notions from everyone from elevator man to executive--all of which make "60 Minutes" the happiest shop on television." (from publicity release material for "The 6th Annual Television Academy Hall of Fame")

Hewitt was named Broadcaster of the Year by the International Radio and TV Society (1980)

He was a recipient of the Paul White Award that was given by the Radio and TV News Directors Association (1987)

Hewitt was recipient of the Gold Medal from the International Radio and TV Society (1988)

He was inducted into the Televison Academy Hall of Fame (1990)

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wife:
Marilyn Berger. Married on April 14, 1979; worked for the <i>The New York Times</i>.

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father:
Ely S Hewitt.
mother:
Frieda Hewitt.
son:
Jeffrey Hewitt.
son:
Steven Hewitt.
daughter:
Jill Hewitt.
daughter:
Lisa Hewitt.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Minute by Minute" Random House
"Tell Me a Story: 50 Years and 60 Minutes in Television" Public Affairs

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