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Mike Wallace Obits (Video)

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 8, 2012 at 11:58AM

When someone like Mike Wallace dies, you feel the loss. That's because the CBS "60 Minutes" newsman, who died at 93 after a long illness, fearlessly practiced a level of rigorous stand-up journalism that rarely exists anymore.
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Mike Wallace
Mike Wallace

When someone like Mike Wallace dies, you feel the loss.

That's because the CBS "60 Minutes" newsman, who died at 93 after a long illness, fearlessly practiced a level of rigorous stand-up journalism that rarely exists anymore. Few institutions--even "60 Minutes" itself, which keeps on ticking, still compelling and watchable every Sunday-- are willing to fight the power the way Wallace did, week after week, year after year, decade after decade. 

He will be missed. Who else is as well-researched and demanding? You tell me. Next to him folks like Keith Olbermann look like featherweights. 

Here's an excellent A.P. obit. And the BBC. And a CBS News video. UPDATE: And an archive of Wallace interviews.

This article is related to: Obit, Television, TV, TV News


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.