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'60 Minutes' Creator Hewitt: A Lifetime Of News

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'60 Minutes' Creator Hewitt: A Lifetime Of News

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Don Hewitt created CBS' 60 Minutes in 1968 and stayed with the show until 2003. Peter Kramer/Getty Images hide caption

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Don Hewitt created CBS' 60 Minutes in 1968 and stayed with the show until 2003.

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Don Hewitt, who died Aug. 19 at age 86, joined CBS TV News in 1948, when few people even owned TVs. For the next 50-plus years, Hewitt went on to cover the biggest stories in television, first as the producer of Douglas Edwards With the News, then with CBS Evening News and finally as the creator, in 1968, of the newsmagazine 60 Minutes.

Hewitt visited Fresh Air in 2001 to discuss the highlights of his career, including his work on the televised Nixon-Kennedy debate and the 1992 60 Minutes interview with Bill and Hillary Clinton.

This interview was originally broadcast April 10, 2001.