Don Hewitt

American television news producer (1922–2009)

Donald Shepard "Don" Hewitt (December 14, 1922 – August 19, 2009) was an American television producer. He was known for creating 60 Minutes. He also produced the first televised presidential debate in 1960.[1]

Don Hewitt
Donald Shepard Hewitt

(1922-12-14)December 14, 1922
DiedAugust 19, 2009(2009-08-19) (aged 86)
Cause of deathPancreatic cancer
Other namesDonald Hewiit,
Donald S. Hewitt
CitizenshipUnited States
EducationRochelle High School
Alma materNew York University (withdrew for military service)
OccupationTelevision producer
Years active1942-2009
EmployerCBS News (1948–2009)
Known forCreator of 60 Minutes
Spouse(s)Mary Weaver
Frankie Hewitt
Marilyn Berger
ChildrenJeffrey Hewitt, Steven Hewitt, Jilian Hewitt (adopted), Lisa Hewitt-Cassara
Parent(s)Frieda (nee Pike) Hewitt, Ely S. Hewitt
AwardsEdward R. Murrow Award, Emmy, Peabody Award, Producers Guild of America Award, Television Hall of Fame

Hewitt was born on December 14, 1922 in New York City, New York. He was raised in New York, New York. He studied at Rochelle High School and New York University.

He was married to Mary Weaver from 1945 until they divorced in 1963. Then he was married to Frankie Hewitt from 1963 until they divorced in 1974. Then he was married to Mariyln Berger from 1979 until his death in 2009. They have three children and one is adopted.

Hewitt died on August 19, 2009 from pancreatic cancer in his home in Bridgehampton, New York, aged 86.[2]

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  1. Steinberg, Jacques (August 20, 2009). "Don Hewitt, Creator of '60 Minutes,' Dies at 86". The New York Times.
  2. Bauder, David (August 19, 2009). "CBS News pioneer Don Hewitt, who invented '60s Minutes' dies at 86". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on August 22, 2009. Retrieved August 19, 2009.

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