CBS Newsman Joseph Wershba Dies At 90
May 16, 2011 at 12:24 PM (PT)
JOSEPH WERSHBA, best known as a reporter and producer for CBS NEWS and part of EDWARD R. MURROW's team as well as an original producer at "60 MINUTES," died SATURDAY on LONG ISLAND from complications of pneumonia at 90.
WERSHBA, who joined CBS NEWS as a radio news writer in 1944 and became News Director of WCBS-A/NEW YORK, later joining MURROW's radio show "HEAR IT NOW" as a correspondent and moving with the show to TV (as "SEE IT NOW"). WERSHBA's work on the show included the landmark 1953 episode exposing the AIR FORCE's discharge of MILO RADULOVICH beause of his family's alleged Communist ties, a show that helped lead to the downfall of Sen. JOSEPH MCCARTHY (R-WI). He left CBS for the NEW YORK POST in 1958, then returned to CBS in 1964 and produced segments for "60 MINUTES" in 1968-88, winning two Emmys. After his 1988 retirement, he and wife SHIRLEY produced documentaries for WALTER CRONKITE's CRONKITE-WARD production company and for DISNEY.