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August 24, 2009

Video Tribute: Esteemed '60 Minutes' Creator Don Hewitt on How TV Changed Politics Forever

Influential newsman Hewitt, who passed away in August of pancreatic cancer, speaks with the Archive of American Television about TV's pivotal impact on the U.S. presidential race.

Don Hewitt, esteemed executive producer and creator of the CBS newsmagazine program 60 Minutes, died in August 2009 of pancreatic cancer at his home in New York.

Read more about Hewitt and his immeasurable influence on the broadcast news industry here.

Plus watch Hewitt's full exclusive, in-depth conversation with the Archive American of Television.

In this excerpt below from the five-part 1997 Television Archive interview, he discusses the impact of the first Presidential Debate between Nixon and Kennedy in 1960 and how the event "turned on make-up:"

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