Don Hewitt

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  • Birth Name: Donald Shepard Hewitt
  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Died: August 19, 2009
  • Profession: Producer, Director
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Fast Facts

  • His interest in reporting began when he was a boy and, in the seventh grade, he won a Best Editorial contest in an issue of Junior Scholastic.
  • Wrote a sports column for his school newspaper called Athlete's Footnotes.
  • In 1942, began his career by reporting for the Pelham Sun during the day and moonlighting as head copyboy for the New York Herald Tribune.
  • Met reporter Andy Rooney while in London as a merchant-marine correspondent during World War II.
  • Directed the first televised network newscast for CBS on May 3, 1948.
  • Produced the first 1960 Presidential debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon.
  • Produced and directed news programs featuring Douglas Edwards, Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite.
  • Devised the use of cue cards for newscasters.
  • Was the executive producer and creator of the revolutionary newsmagazine 60 Minutes, which launched on September 24, 1968.
  • Was the subject of the 1999 movie The Insider, about his decision to not air a controversial whistle-blowing report on the tobacco industry.
  • Author of Minute by Minute (1985) and Tell Me a Story: 50 Years and 60 Minutes in Television (2001).
  • Stepped down from 60 Minutes in 2004; during his tenure the show won more than 70 Emmys and nine Peabody Awards.

Awards

  • 1988, Peabody — Personal Award: Winner

Relationships

  • Mary Weaver Hewitt — Wife (deceased)
  • Frankie Teague Childers Hewitt — Ex-wife
  • Ely Hewitt — Father
  • Jeffrey Hewitt — Son
  • Frieda Hewitt — Mother
  • Jilian Childers Hewitt — Daughter
  • Lisa Cassara — Daughter
  • Marilyn Berger — Wife
  • Steven Hewitt — Son

College

  • Attended New York University, New York, New York, United States

Details

  • Birth Name: Donald Shepard Hewitt
  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Died: August 19, 2009
  • Profession: Producer, Director

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