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Remembering ’60 Minutes’ Creator Don Hewitt

A remembrance of Don Hewitt, creator of the television magazine "60 Minutes," who died Wednesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

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  • JIM LEHRER:

    Finally tonight, remembering the man who invented CBS's "60 Minutes," among other things. Don Hewitt died at his home in Bridgehampton, N.Y., after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

    He joined CBS in the early days of the TV industry, producing the first televised presidential debate between then-candidates John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon in 1960. "60 Minutes" came along in 1968 and, under Hewitt, won 73 Emmys and nine Peabody Awards.

    When asked what "60 Minutes'" secret, what it was, Hewitt said simply, "It's four words every child knows: Tell me a story."

    Hewitt talked to former NewsHour correspondent Terence Smith five years ago about the television news business. That interview came as Hewitt prepared to step down after 36 years as executive producer of "60 Minutes."

  • TERENCE SMITH:

    If television news today is less than what it once was and less than what it should be, why? Is it economic pressure?

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