Pioneering CBS Newsman Joseph Wershba dies at 90

By Staff | May 16, 2011 | 11:10 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) - Joseph Wershba, a CBS News producer and reporter whose work with Edward R. Murrow on the "See it Now" segment about Sen. Joseph McCarthy helped end the 1950s communist witch hunt, has died. He was 90.

Wershba, who became one of the original "60 Minutes" producers, died Saturday of complications from pneumonia on Long Island, N.Y.

Born in Manhattan, Wershba joined CBS News in 1944 as a radio news writer. Four years later, he became a correspondent and worked on the groundbreaking "Hear it Now" documentary series, the radio precursor to "See it Now."

After moving into TV news, he worked on the pivotal 1954 expose on McCarthy. It became the centerpiece of the 2005 feature film, "Good Night, and Good Luck." Robert Downey, Jr., played the role of Wershba.