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Don Hewitt, TV News Giant, Dies At 86

'60 Minutes' Creator Had Pancreatic Cancer

Producer Of 1960 Televised Presidential Debate, 1st Ever, Dies At Bridgehampton Home


TV news pioneer Don Hewitt, creator and longtime executive producer of "60 Minutes," has a chuckle in his office in 2001. Hewitt, who retired in 2004, died of pancreatic cancer Aug. 19, 2009, at the age of 86.

Don Hewitt, recognized as a father of modern television news and the creator of the medium's most successful broadcast, 60 Minutes, died of pancreatic cancer Wednesday. He was 86 and had homes in Manhattan and Bridgehampton, New York, where he was with family at the time of death.

Hewitt was executive producer of CBS News, the title he took when he stepped down from his post as executive producer of 60 Minutes in 2004.

"In the history of journalism, there have been few who were as creative, dynamic and versatile as Don Hewitt. The depth and breadth of his accomplishments are impossible to measure, because since the very beginnings of our business, he quite literally invented so many of the vehicles by which we now communicate the news," said Leslie Moonves, President, CBS Corp

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