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Everybody knows Mike Wallace was one of the best journalists of his time – and his time spanned a half-century.

But he also had a great love for his alma mater, the University of Michigan, where he wrote for the Michigan Daily, and got his first taste of broadcasting. Back then, that meant the student radio station.   

Sadly, Michigan’s department of journalism was cut in 1979.  But it was survived by something called the Michigan Journalism Fellows – a program that brings a dozen mid-career journalists to Michigan’s campus for a year to give them a fresh start.

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There have been many remembrances of indefatigable newsman and U of M alum Mike Wallace in the last 24 hours.

Seymour Hersh writes about being scooped by Wallace in the New Yorker ("The Old Man had shown me his moves, and taken my candy away.")

The Atlantic has posted links to his "greatest hits."

And reporter David Folkenflik put together this Mike Wallace remembrance on NPR. Folkenflik reports on some of the criticisms leveled at Wallace.

"The problem became this," Wallace said. "We became a caricature of ourselves. We were after light, and it began to look as though we were after heat."

But who can remember Wallace best, but his colleagues at CBS News?

Watch below as Morley Safer remembers Wallace with his report, and as Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer is clearly moved.

In the report, Wallace admits to trying to take his own life, and shows how he never held any interest in retirement.

But as the specter of retirement bore down, Mike fought it with customary defiance.

Safer: "Did you feel like it's time to maybe pack it in and reflect?"

Wallace: "Reflect about what? Give me a break. Reflect. What am I going to reflect about?"

The last thought in the report came from Wallace...

"[It's] astonishing what you learn, and feel, and see along the way. And that's why a reporter's job, as you know, it such a joy."

I first met Mike Wallace 23 years ago, when I became a regional screener for the Livingston Awards, the biggest-deal prize there is for young journalists. Naturally, like every other baby boomer, I didn’t remember a time when Mike Wallace was not part of the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Three-quarters of a century after Mike Wallace graduated from the University of Michigan, his name and his contributions live on at the Ann Arbor school.

The veteran CBS newsman died Saturday in New Canaan, Conn., at age 93.

Wallace came to Michigan from Brookline, Mass. He reported for the student-run newspaper The Michigan Daily and did radio work as well, graduating in 1939.

(Courtesy of KWF)

NEW YORK (AP) — A spokesman says CBS newsman Mike Wallace, famed for his tough interviews on "60 Minutes," has died. He was 93.

CBS spokesman Kevin Tedesco says Wallace died Saturday night.

Wallace was on the staff of "60 Minutes" when it began in 1968, and was one of its mainstays from then on.