Inquisitor, The

Workplace nickname given to broadcast journalist, Mike Wallace for his in-depth, close-up interviews which probed his guest’s weaknesses.


Mike Wallace earned his “put them on the spot” reputation on show’s like NIGHT-BEAT that aired in 1967 on the Dumont network in New York City and the nationally syndicated talk show THE MIKE WALLACE INTERVIEW/SYN/1957-1960. He continued his verbal stabs on the weekly news magazine 60 MINUTES/CBS/1968+.

Born on May 9, 1918 in Brookline, Massachusetts, Mike Wallace died on April 7, 2012 (age 93) in New Canaan, Connecticut.


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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