Wednesday, August 19, 2009

CBS News Executive Don Hewitt, 86, Is Dead

By Adam Bernstein
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, August 19, 2009; 1:26 PM

Don Hewitt, 86, the CBS News executive who created "60 Minutes," transformed television journalism by showing that news programs could generate money and helped make TV an essential part of politics when he produced and directed the first televised debate between U.S. presidential candidates, died Wednesday in Bridgehampton, N.Y., a CBS spokesman said. He had pancreatic cancer.

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