By Lester Holt, NBC News anchor
We lost another member of the first generation of television newsmen today. Don Hewitt, like Walter Cronkite, was one of the guys who in those earlier days of television, quickly figured out its potential as a platform for journalism. He was behind the first televised presidential debate, and worked on a number of shows, including the Evening News.
It was "60 Minutes," however, with which Hewitt will forever be associated. He created it in 1968, and served as its executive producer until just a few years ago. Under his guidance it became one of the most successful programs in television history. It also raised the bar in broadcast journalism.
We join with our colleagues at CBS today in mourning Don Hewitt's death, and honoring his life, legacy and enormous contributions to our industry.
On our broadcast tonight we're covering new guidelines in the American workplace for dealing with swine flu. Also, a day of carnage in Iraq leaves 95 dead, and hundreds injured, while American troops await orders from the sidelines. Plus, auto dealers have taken in plenty of clunkers in trade for new fuel efficient cars, but many are now asking "where's my cash?"
Brian is off tonight. I hope to see you later for NBC Nightly News.