Many folks know that Chris Wallace, the TV news anchor who refereed last night’s debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, is the son of “60 Minutes” reporter Mike Wallace. But did you know that he began his journalism career at the Globe? Chris started out covering City Hall during Mayor Kevin White’s administration then became a roving national reporter for the Globe.
Former Globe editor Matthew V. Storin remembers him as an “excellent reporter” and an “aggressive, ambitious” journalist. Storin recalled one time when Wallace returned a voice recorder to the Globe newsroom, apparently forgetting about what he recorded on the tape. When Storin played the tape, he heard Wallace, in his best newscaster’s voice, pretending to be a broadcast journalist reporting on the Vietnam War. Delighted by this discovery, Storin played the recording over the PA system in the Globe newsroom for everyone’s enjoyment. “He was really embarrassed,” said Storin. “He didn’t speak to me for a couple of days.”
By that point, it was no secret that Wallace had aspirations that went beyond the print medium — and well beyond Morrissey Boulevard.
“I’ve never been surprised at his success,” said Storin.