Mr. Wallace has enjoyed a successful career as a producer and senior producer at the news magazines ABC News 20/20 and CBS News 60 Minutes II. His broad and noteworthy body of work includes extensive reporting on a wide variety of topics from entertainment and human interest stories to hard-hitting investigative reports.
Rob was an award-winning producer and senior producer for news magazines ABC News 20/20 and CBS News 60 Minutes II, and for much of the last two decades he was Senior Producer with ABC News anchor Barbara Walters.
His broad, noteworthy work includes topics ranging from human interest stories to hard-hitting investigative reports.
Mr. Wallace played a significant role in launching several successful franchises in network news. He was on the teams that started ABC News 20/20, Barbara Walters Ten Most Fascinating People, 60 Minutes II and many of Barbara Walters’ post 20/20 Specials with ABC News.
As the executive producer and director of a multi-year series of live hour-long broadcasts, he directed up to five camera coverage with large production crews.
Journalism and Awards
In network television’s heyday, Mr. Wallace’s reporting was seen by audiences as large as 35 million viewers. His body of work has garnered most of the major journalism awards: the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award, the Edward R Murrow Award, several Cine Golden Eagle Awards and seven National News and Documentary Emmys for Outstanding Reporting.
Mr. Wallace’s first national News Emmy was awarded for a report on the last lynching claimed by the Ku Klux Klan and the report led to the arrest and conviction of the leader of the Southern Alabama Klan. That story was followed by a series of exhaustive investigative reports about wrongfully convicted and incarcerated people. Seven men and women are now free after the truths exposed in these reports were recognized by the courts which moved to overturn jury verdicts.
Working for much of three decades as Senior Producer with ABC News Anchor Barbara Walters, Mr. Wallace has produced dozens of news-making interviews –the only face-to-face interview ever done with the man who killed John Lennon – conducted inside New York’s Attica State Penitentiary.
… to interviews with His Holiness and the Dalai Lama at his home in Dharamsala, India,
…. to interviews with Muhammar Kadafi, once known as Libya’s Mad Dog of the Middle East – here praying outside his Bedouin tent in the desert south of Tripoli, Libya.
… and one of the few recent interviews with Syria’s beleaguered president, Bashar al-Assad.
Mr. Wallace has also produced in-depth news making profiles of some of the most famous celebrities of our generation – Elizabeth Taylor, Angelina Jolie, Oprah, actor Charlie Sheen and many others.
He served as the London based senior producer for Barbara Walter’s coverage of the Royal Wedding of William and Kate.
He has traveled literally to the ends of the earth: to the steam sewers beneath Ulan Batar, Mongolia to meet homeless children struggling to stay warm; floating weightless in a NASA jet high above the earth;
to diving on a thousand year old ship wreck near Bodrum, Turkey;
to journeying for two weeks on an expedition aboard a Russian ice breaker all the way to the North Pole where I played softball.
As Managing Director of Marketing at Patriarch Partners, a private equity firm, Mr. Wallace developed a variety of commercial content – executive producing and directing video, photography and digital story telling for multiple platforms.
Mr. Wallace lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children.
Next Tuesday from 9-11am, we will be welcoming Rob Wallace via Fuze from New York.
His body of work has garnered almost all major journalism awards, including the George Foster Peabody Award, the Edward R Murrow Award, several Cine Golden Eagle Awards and seven Emmys for National News and Outstanding Reporting.
Rob has launched a new venture to serve top executives called NxtAct. This service is based on a “Talking Resume” — a video produced to tell your story in the most compelling and personal way to your audience. Rob’s team coaches you, films and produces your final video.