Obit

60 Minutes Creator Dies

Don Hewitt, the newsman who started 60 Minutes and produced it for 36 years died on Wednesday at 86, according to CBS News. Hewitt stepped down as the executive producer of the show in 2004. He spent most of his 60-year career at CBS, working with men like Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite before inventing the idea of the television newsmagazine with 60 Minutes. The program was revolutionary for breaking the traditional hour-long documentary into three segments. He wanted to “package an hour of reality as compellingly as Hollywood packages an hour of make-believe,” Hewitt said.