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Pioneering newsman Wershba dies

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May 17, 2011 | 10:15am EDT

Joseph Wershba passed away in Long Island, New York on Saturday (14May11) due to complications from pneumonia.

A former World War II army veteran, Wershba began his journalism career as a reporter with the CBS News network in 1944.

He made a name for himself during the 1950s, when a TV expose on Senator Joseph McCarthy helped to put an end to his relentless witch-hunt to out alleged communists in Hollywood, including playwright Arthur Miller and silent film star Charlie Chaplin.

The 1954 investigation, for Edward R. Murrow's news show See It Now, and subsequent fall out with the disgraced politician was dramatised in George Clooney's 2005 film Good Night and Good Luck, which saw Downey, Jr. play Wershba.

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