Mike Wallace was best known as the hard-hitting investigative journalist on 60 Minutes. But there was another side to him. He helped untold numbers of people suffering from depression when he went public about his own battles with the disorder.
The respect Mike Wallace reserved for 'the story' showed he was too devoted to traditional journalism to put himself at the center of any report -- even his own memoir -- and made it impossible for me to argue with him.
I worked on 60 Minutes for more than 26 years, most of the time as a producer with Mike Wallace. He brought so much to the team: an uncanny ability to seize the essence of a story, to sense an opening in a tense interview, then thrust with a rapier-like question for the journalistic kill.
I was trying to make a journalist out of myself after several years in politics and government; he had already made a journalist out of himself after several years as an entertainer. And he was generous toward the new kid on the block, as to so many others.