'60 Minutes' creator Don Hewitt dies of cancer at age 86

Jeff Bercovici

Barely a month after the death of Walter Cronkite, CBS News has lost another legend. Don Hewitt, creator of 60 Minutes and one of the leading pioneers of television news, has died at age 86. He had been reported to be undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer.

Over the course of more than half a century at CBS, Hewitt served as Cronkite's producer, directed coverage of Queen Elizabeth's coronation, and produced the first televised presidential debate, between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, an event seen by historians as pivotal to that election.

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