Remembering Mike Wallace

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.

April 9, 2012 12:57:12 PM PDT
So what kind of legacy will you leave behind?

That question is top of mind today, in light of the death of Mike Wallace, the incredible CBS News correspondent who helped launch and make popular "60 Minutes."

So bizarre at first blush to hear his colleague Morley Safer talk about Wallace's insecurity about his journalistic chops and success. But of course we know that some Type A personalities are in part driven by a sliver of the notion that they aren't good enough or don't deserve to be as successful as they are. That's not how the rest of us would ever view Wallace, or his legacy. What an incredible journalist, whose presence on TV was a draw. Always.

And while he leaves a journalistic legacy, he also leaves a social one - having helped break the taboos about depression by publicly talking about his own battles with the disease.

And he leaves his family - and our thoughts are with them. Wallace was 93 - past his prime and dealing with dementia, but not long past good work. He kept reporting, and kept reporting, and reported some more, well into what many would consider the elderly stage of life.

And in that way he was a role model that went far beyond his groundbreaking story.

And so we all owe Mike Wallace - for so many of his contributions. And tonight we remember him.

We'll have any breaking news of the night at 11 - plus Carolina Leid takes a look at using this tax-deadline season to reassess your personal finances; she has some helpful tips!

Meteorologist Lee Goldberg has his AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.


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