Mike Wallace, one of the nation’s most widely known broadcast journalists died on Saturday in New Caanan, Connecticut, where he had lived for several years. He was 93.
Wallace who made a name for himself as a relentless interrogator on “60 Minutes,” owned a home on West Chop where he and his family summered. Wallace spent his Island days among friends Art Buchwald, James Reston, and novelist William Styron.
An obituary in the The New York Times for Wallace said, “A reporter with the presence of a performer, Mr. Wallace went head to head with chiefs of state, celebrities and con artists for more than 50 years, living for the moment when “you forget the lights, the cameras, everything else, and you’re really talking to each other,” he said in an interview with The New York Times videotaped in July 2006.
Mr. Wallace created enough such moments to become a paragon of television journalism in the heyday of network news. As he grilled his subjects, he said, he walked “a fine line between sadism and intellectual curiosity.”