'60 Minutes' Creator Dies at 86

'60 Minutes' Creator Dies at 86

Published August 20, 2009

Don Hewitt, the CBS Newsman who created"60 Minutes" and produced the popular CBS newsmagazine for 36 years, died Wednesday of pancreatic cancer.

The 86-year-old Hewitt joined CBS News in television's infancy in 1948, and produced the first televised presidential debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon in 1960. 

His lasting legacy took shape in the late 1960s when CBS agreed to try his idea of a one-hour broadcast that mixed hard news and feature stories. The television newsmagazine was born on Sept. 24, 1968, when the "60 Minutes" stopwatch began ticking.

Hewitt's death comes one month after that of fellow CBS legend Walter Cronkite.

Written by Associated Press


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