Don Hewitt

Producer, Director, Newspaper editor
A legendary figure in 20th century television journalism, Don Hewitt was the creator and producer of "60 Minutes" (CBS, 1968- ), the longest running and one of the most influential news programs in the medium's history ... Read more »
Born: 12/14/1922 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (23)

Walter Cronkite: Witness to History 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Christiane Amanpour 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Great Conventions: 1948 With Roger Mudd 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

William S. Paley: The Eye of CBS 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

60 Minutes at 30 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS: The First 50 Years 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Mike Wallace: TV's Grand Inquisitor 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

60 Minutes More 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Naked News 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

60 Minutes... 25 Years 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Jack 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Narrator

When America Trembled -- Murrow/McCarthy 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Edward R. Murrow: This Reporter 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Unauthorized Biography: Richard M Nixon 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Breaking the News (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (6)

Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Who the #$&% is Jackson Pollock? 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

60 Minutes 1948 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

One For the Road With Charles Kuralt and Morley Safer 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

60 Minutes: The Entertainers 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Editor (2)

The Olivia Experiment 2014 (Movie)

(Editor)

Glee The 3D Concert Movie 2011 (Movie)

(Documentary) (Assistant Editor)
Physical Effects (1)

A Late Quartet 2012 (Movie)

Stunt Rigger (Stunts)
Director (1)

CBS Evening News 1948 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Biography

A legendary figure in 20th century television journalism, Don Hewitt was the creator and producer of "60 Minutes" (CBS, 1968- ), the longest running and one of the most influential news programs in the medium's history. Hewitt graduated from print to work his way up the ladder at CBS News, and developed a reputation for producing and directing hard-hitting and in-depth magazine-style shows that addressed multiple stories with greater scope and investigation than the nightly news. "60 Minutes" was his greatest and most popular program, and its combination of powerful coverage and hard-line interviews set the tone for investigative journalism for much of the four decades after its inception. The show's legacy was Hewitt's, and it helped cement him as one of TV's most insightful visionaries.

Relationships

Ely S Hewitt

Father
Worked as a classified advertising manager for the Boston Herald American

Frieda Hewitt

Mother

Lisa Hewitt

Daughter

Jeffrey Hewitt

Son

Steven Hewitt

Son

Jill Hewitt

Step-Daughter
Hewitt adopted her

Marilyn Berger

Wife
Married April 14, 1979 worked for The New York Times

Frankie Childers Narrator

Wife
Second wife divorced

Mary Weaver

Wife
First wife divorced in 1962

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York 1942
Left school to work as a $15-a-week copy boy at the New York Herald Tribune

New Rochelle High School

New Rochelle , New York

Milestones

2004

Stepped down as executive producer of CBS' "60 Minutes," but continued to work on the show

1999

Portrayed in the film "The Insider" by actor Philip Baker Hall

1997

On-air role on "60 Minutes: More" (CBS' cable station)

1968

Created and executive produced the CBS news magazine, "60 Minutes"

1963

Executive produced the "CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite" for one season

1960

Produced and directed the first "Nixon-Kennedy Debate"

1948

Successfully interviewed for a job at CBS while working for Acme Newspictures

1942

Joined the Merchant Marine Academy; became a war correspondent in London during WWII for Stars and Stripes

Worked briefly as a journalist with the Associated Press and later as an editor for The Pelham Sun

Produced and directed the 15-minute newscast, "Douglas Edwards with the News"

Worked as a copy boy for New York's Herald Tribune

Appeared on TV in the documentaries "Unauthorized Biography: Richard M. Nixon" (1989), "William S. Paley: Tribute to a Broadcasting Giant" and "Edward Murrow: This Reporter" (both 1990)

Headed up a new documentary division within CBS in the mid 1960s

Bonus Trivia

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Hewitt was named Broadcaster of the Year by the International Radio and TV Society (1980).

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Hewitt was a recipient of the Paul White Award that was given by the Radio and TV News Directors Association (1987).

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Hewitt was inducted into the Televison Academy Hall of Fame (1990).

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In March 2009, it was reported that Don Hewitt had been given a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

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In April 2008, Hewitt was honored with Washington State University's Edward R. Murrow Award for Lifetime Achievement in Broadcast Journalism.

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