Mike Wallace remembered

The School of Communications presented its annual Fred Friendly First Amendment Award to Mike Wallace several years ago to honor his courage and forthrightness in preserving the rights set forth in the First Amendment. Here, he smiles with Don Hewitt, best known for creating "60 Minutes," Ruth Friendly and President John L. Lahey.

By Lee Kamlet
Dean, School of Communications 

A number of words come to mind in thinking about Mike Wallace:  Fierce.  Unflinching.  Fearless.

He set the standard early on for investigative journalism on television, and his tough interview style was legendary.  The list of newsmakers who subjected themselves to his questions over the last 50 years is breath-taking.

Yet despite the notoriety he received — not to mention the dozens of Emmys and other awards in recognition of his work — his career as a journalist was something of a cautionary tale.

There were times when his doggedness took him too far.

His story about Gen. William Westmoreland and the Vietnam War nearly cost him his career, and his life.

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