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Don Hewitt: 1922 – 2009

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Don Hewitt, the legendary creator and long-time producer of CBS’ 60 Minutes, died yesterday from pancreatic cancer. He was 86. Under his direction, the venerable Sunday night news program won 73 Emmys, 13 DuPont Awards and 9 Peabodys. He also produced the first televised presidential debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon in 1960. In his 2001 memoir Tell Me a Story: Fifty Years and 60 Minutes in Television, he wrote this of his success:

The formula is simple and it’s reduced to four words every kid in the world knows: Tell me a story. It’s that easy.”

On HuffPo, friends and colleagues offered fond remembrances. Among them, Barbara Walters:

Don Hewitt was probably the greatest news producer in television. He was original, creative, far-seeing and had an amazing gut instinct. To lose Walter Cronkite and Don Hewitt at almost the same time is truly the end of a remarkable era in news.”

Full HuffPo tribute here.

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