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Veteran CBS television journalist and broadcaster best known for his tough interviews on 60 Minutes

As one of the first two reporters on the Us television news magazine show 60 Minutes, Mike Wallace, who has died aged 93, became one of the longest serving and oldest interviewers in the medium. He was also one of the toughest. Even at his first appearance on CBS's 60 Minutes screen, on 24 September 1968, he was middle aged and had already held numerous broadcasting jobs. His most astonishing feat was to remain a top television correspondent into the next century, when he was approaching 90 – and looking like 60.

He had no secret to offer for his physical longevity. Yet, professionally, nobody doubted why Wallace lasted so long: his aggressive continuation of his invention – the hard-hitting interview. His arrival with a camera in tow still caused strong men to tremble even when he was in his 80s.

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- Christopher Reed

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