Hewitt, (Donald S.) Don(1922– ) producer; born in New York City. After writing for Stars and Stripes during World War II, he became United Press photo editor in 1947. At CBS, he directed Douglas Edwards with the News (1948–62), making the news more visually exciting, then became executive director for the Evening News with Walter Cronkite (1963–64). Fired by Fred Friendly, he produced CBS documentaries, then created 60 Minutes (1968), the first and still most successful television magazine news show.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.