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Don Hewitt
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TV Executive
    (December 14, 1922-August 19, 2009)
    Born in New York City, New York
    CBS news director/producer/executive
    Created 60 Minutes (1968)
    Wrote 'Minute by Minute' (1985) and 'Tell Me a Story: Fifty Years and 60 Minutes in Television' (2001)
    Received the Edward R. Murrow Award for Lifetime Achievement in Broadcast Journalism (2008)
    He was married three times, divorced twice.
    He was fired as executive producer of the CBS Evening News because Fred Friendly disliked his emphasis on 'lots of dazzle, lots of pace.'
    He got into legendary screaming matches with '60 Minutes' correspondent Mike Wallace.
    Under network pressure, he killed a '60 Minutes' story on tobacco industry malpractice (1995).
    Noting that '60 Minutes' inspired a flood of newsmagazines and reality shows, he said 'We started a trend and we ruined television, because we made it profitable to do this kind of thing.' (2003)
    He won eight Emmys and a Peabody Award.
    In '60 Minutes' he created one of television's biggest and most enduring successes.
    His earlier innovations included putting headsets on reporters so they could be interviewed by remote; displaying type, such as a subject's name, on screen; and coining the term 'anchorman.'
    Reporter Steve Kroft said, 'Most people think of Don as the creator of 60 Minutes. In fact, he was one of the inventors of broadcast journalism. There isn't a news show on television that doesn't have Don's DNA in it.'

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