In recounting Mike Wallace’s inquisitive mind, longtime 60 Minutes colleague Bob Simon told Howard Kurtz, host on CNN's Reliable Sources, that today’s young television reporters lack a “nose for news,” notes Grumpy Editor.
Simon, a veteran in international reporting and marking his 16th season with 60 Minutes, appeared on the program Sunday with fellow contributor Steve Kroft in reflecting on the legendary Wallace, who died April 7 at 93.
Wallace, with six decades in television, was noted for asking tough questions in interviews where others feared to ask.
“When we started in the business, just about everyone came from newspapers or wires or print,” recalled Simon.
“They were writers. They were investigative reporters,” he pointed out.
“It’s only in the last couple of decades that people go straight from colleges or universities into television,” Simon continued.
“But it seems they are not coming in with the instinct or the writing or the nose for news," he emphasized.
“Everyone had to have that back then because they were reporters long before they stood in front of the camera.”