Ticking Clock: Behind the Scenes at 60 Minutes

Ticking Clock: Behind the Scenes at 60 Minutes

by Ira Rosen

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Overview

Two-time Peabody Award-winning writer and producer Ira Rosen reveals the intimate, untold stories of his decades at America’s most iconic news show. It’s a 60 Minutes story on 60 Minutes itself.

When producer Ira Rosen walked into the 60 Minutes offices in June 1980, he knew he was about to enter television history. His career catapulted him to the heights of TV journalism, breaking some of the most important stories in TV news. But behind the scenes was a war room of clashing producers, anchors, and the most formidable 60 Minutes figure: legendary correspondent Mike Wallace.

Based on decades of access and experience, Ira Rosen takes readers behind closed doors to offer an incisive look at the show that invented TV investigative journalism. With surprising humor, charm, and an eye for colorful detail, Rosen delivers an authoritative account of the unforgettable personalities that battled for prestige, credit, and the desire to scoop everyone else in the game. As Mike Wallace’s top producer, Rosen reveals the interview secrets that made Wallace’s work legendary, and the flaring temper that made him infamous. Later, as senior producer of ABC News Primetime Live and 20/20, Rosen exposes the competitive environment among famous colleagues like Diane Sawyer and Barbara Walters, and the power plays between correspondents Chris Wallace, Anderson Cooper, and Chris Cuomo.

A master class in how TV news is made, Rosen shows readers how 60 Minutes puts together a story when sources are explosive, unreliable, and even dangerous. From unearthing shocking revelations from inside the Trump White House, to an outrageous proposition from Ghislaine Maxwell, to interviewing gangsters Joe Bonanno and John Gotti Jr., Ira Rosen was behind the scenes of 60 Minutes' most sensational stories.

Highly entertaining, dishy, and unforgettable, Ticking Clock is a never-before-told account of the most successful news show in American history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250756428
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/16/2021
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 5,918
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

For nearly twenty-five years, IRA ROSEN has produced some of the most memorable, important, and groundbreaking stories for 60 Minutes. A former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, Rosen was a senior producer of Primetime Live with Diane Sawyer. Rosen has won 24 National Emmys, four duPont Awards, two RFK Awards, and two Peabodys for his work. He is the coauthor of The Warning: Accident at Three Mile Island.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. The Phone Call
2. 60 Minutes Begins
3. Mike and Don
4. Setting Out
5. Accident at Three Mile Island
6. Hitting My Stride
7. Civil Rights Leaders: Jackson and Sharpton
8. Gangsters
9. In Search of the Big Story
10. Lessons Learned
11. Catching a Fugitive
12. Depression Strikes
13. A Year at Harvard
14. Interview with Dr. Strangelove
15. Leaving 60 Minutes
16. Primetime Live
17. Food Lion
18. Returning to 60 Minutes
19. Starting Over, Again
20. Tom Brady and Kim Kardashian
21. Innocent Man
22. The Clintons
23. Hillary 2016
24. Mafia Boss John Gotti Jr.
25. "Fringe Players, Frauds, and Pretenders"
26. Steve Kroft
27. Grumpy Old Men
28. NSA
29. Trump
30. The Mercers
31. The Whistleblower
32. Charlie Rose and #MeToo
33. No Happy Endings
34. Time to Go

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