Joseph Wershba Edit Profile
Wershba attended Abraham Lincoln High School.
He was one of the six original producers of CBS's 60 Minutes from 1968 to 1988. He was the eldest child of Louis and Martha (née Peskin) Wershba, and had two younger siblings. He entered Brooklyn College but dropped out after 3 years in 1940 and was drafted into the Army during World War II.
In 1944 he was hired and spent four years as a writer for radio news programs.
Later, at the Washington Bureau, he worked as a reporter on Hear It Now with Fred Friendly and Edward R. Murrow. His work with Murrow on See It Now reported on the activities of Senator Joseph McCarthy. Wershba started in television journalism working the microphone with Walter Cronkite on CBS's Washington, D.C. station news.
After a stint as a columnist and feature writer for The New York Post (1958–1964), he returned to CBS. He produced documentaries for CBS Reports and was one of the original producers for 60 Minutes in 1968. He was also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his work on The Lee Harvey Oswald Story in 1963. Other awards include the Hillman Prize, Emmys, American Bar Association, and Peabodys.
Joe Wershba was portrayed by Robert Downey, Jr. in the 2005 film Good Night, and Good Luck. Shirley Wershba was portrayed by Patricia Clarkson. The secrecy of the Wershba marriage was a significant subsidiary theme in the film.
Served with Army of the United States, 1942-1944.
Married Shirley Lubowitz, April 10, 1948. Children: Randi Tina, Donald Edward Charles.
1940Brooklyn College , Student