Iconic news anchor Andy Rooney, who has provided breaking news for generations of trailblazing YPs, signs off for his last time on 60 Minutes this Sunday.
After working for CBS’s hit news show for 33 years, his final piece this Sunday will be his 1,097th airing to date. Once listed as “the most trusted man in America,” his voice has instilled in viewers a sense of reliable, updated, relevant, and unbiased news for years. Starting as a decorated WWII veteran and news correspondent for the military newspaper Stars and Stripes, Andy Rooney was quickly picked up and moved along to CBS’s news segment Point Counterpoint, which led to his own spot A Few Minutes With Andy Rooney, eventually turning him into the celebrated news figure he is today.
Over his time, Rooney wrote about important, trending, often controversial topics like ‘Black History: Lost, Stolen or Strayed’, ‘FDR: The Man Who Changed America,’ and ‘An Essay on War’. He has won three Emmy Awards, and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.
Never afraid to speak his mind, and often quoted on controversial issues (including his thoughts on Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, and his blatant confusion surrounding Lady Gaga), he has inspired a worldwide host of young people to informatively speak their mind on pressing issues and get involved in what they’re passionate about. Andy Rooney and 60 Minutes have played an integral role in the formation of our opinions about the news and the world around us, and for that, we salute him.