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Mike Wallace of '60 Minutes' was a dogged interviewer

CBS newsman Mike Wallace, who died Saturday night, was a dogged reporter and interviewer who took on politicians, celebrities and other public figures and made '60 Minutes' famous.

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CBS journalist Mike Wallace exits Riverside Church after a memorial service for newsman Ed Bradley in New York in 2006. Wallace, who earned a reputation as a tough interviewer on the network's "60 Minutes" show, died Saturday.

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CBS newsman Mike Wallace was a dogged, merciless reporter and interviewer who took on politicians, celebrities and other public figures in a 60-year career highlighted by the on-air confrontations that helped make "60 Minutes" the most successful primetime television news program ever.

Mr. Wallace died Saturday night.

Until he was slowed by heart surgery as he neared his 90th birthday in 2008, Wallace continued making news, doing "60 Minutes" interviews with such subjects as Jack Kevorkian and Roger Clemens. He had promised to still do occasional reports when he announced his retirement as a regular correspondent in March 2006.

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Among his later contributions, after bowing out as a regular on "60 Minutes," was a May 2007 profile of Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, and an interview with Kevorkian, the assisted suicide doctor released from prison in June 2007.

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