Myron Leon “Mike” Wallace is an American journalist, former game show host and media personality.
Wallace has been a correspondent for CBS’ 60 Minutes since its debut in 1968. During his 50+ year career, he has interviewed a wide range of prominent newsmakers. Wallace retired as a regular full-time correspondent in 2006 but still appears on the 60 Minutes series.
Wallace, whose family’s surname was originally Wallechinsky, was born in Brookline, Massachusetts to Russian-Jewish parents. There he attended Brookline High School, graduating in 1935. He went on to the University of Michigan, graduating in 1939 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. While at Michigan he reported for the Michigan Daily and was a member of the Alpha Gamma Chapter of the Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity.
Wallace appeared as a guest on the popular radio quiz show Information Please on February 7, 1939, while still a senior at the University of Michigan. His first job in radio was as newscaster and continuity writer for WOOD Radio in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This job lasted until 1940 when he joined WXYZ Radio in Detroit, Michigan as an announcer. He then went on to become a freelance radio worker in Chicago, Illinois.