Joseph Wershba

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Joseph Wershba

Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 14 May 2011 (aged 90)
Long Island City, Queens County, New York, USA
Burial East Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 69912100 · View Source
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News Journalist, Producer. After graduating from Brooklyn College in 1941, he served with the US Army during World War II and upon returning home, joined CBS Radio as a writer. While serving as a Washington correspondent, he began his association with Edward R Murrow on the radio program "Hear It Now". After evolving into the TV series "See It Now", in 1954 Wershba came to prominence with his contributions for a piece on Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy which brought attention to his "Red Scare" tactics as being false. The work became the basis for the 2005 motion picture "Good Night and Good Luck" with Robert Downey, Jr. portraying Wershba. From 1958 until 1964, he served as a columnist and featured writer for The New York Post. He received a Pulitzer Prize nomination for his efforts on a story about Lee Harvey Oswald in 1963. In 1968, he helped launch the popular news program "60 Minutes", serving as one of its producers. During his years with the weekly series (1968 to 1988), he earned multiple Emmy Awards, including his garnering of one for the 1971 collaboration with Morley Safer on the piece "What Happened in Tonkin Gulf". Wershba died from complications of pneumonia.

Bio by: C.S.


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  • Added: 16 May 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 69912100
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Wershba (19 Aug 1920–14 May 2011), Find a Grave Memorial no. 69912100, citing Pinelawn Memorial Park, East Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .