'60 Minutes' Correspondent Bradley Dies
Journalist won 19 Emmys over the course of his career
The newsman died Thursday morning (Nov. 9) of leukemia at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital, reports CBS.
Bradley was with the critically acclaimed "60 Minutes" for 26 years and won his most recent Emmy for covering the reopening of the 50-year-old racially motivate murder case of Emmett Till.
Ed Bradley was born June 22, 1941, in Philadelphia and grew up in a single-parent household. He graduated with a B.S. in education from Cheyney State College. During his first job as an elementary school teacher, he moonlighted at WDAS in Philadelphia where he programmed music, read news, and covered basketball games.
In the '60s, he began news reporting during the riots in Philadelphia and landed a full-time job at the CBS-owned New York radio station WCBS. In the '70s, he became a stringer for CBS News when he moved to Paris and covered the Paris Peace Talks. That stint was followed by coverage of the Vietnam War in Saigon, the war in Cambodia (where he was wounded by shrapnel) and then back to the states to cover politics and become CBS News' White House Correspondent and then the principal correspondent for "CBS Reports."
He joined up with "60 Minutes" in 1981 when Dan Rather left to anchor the "CBS Evening News." Highlights of his Emmy-winning stories for the newsmagazine include: "In the Belly of the Beast," an interview with convicted murderer Jack Henry Abbott; a profile of singer Lena Horne; a report on schizophrenia; "Made in China," a study of Chinese forced-labor camps; "Caitlin's Story," about the struggle between the parents of a deaf child and the deaf association; "A New Lease on Life," a report on brain cancer patients; "The Catholic Church on Trial," about the sexual abuse in the Church; the only TV interview with Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh; and a report on the effect so nuclear testing in a Kazakhstani town.
In his career, the respected broadcast journalist has also been recognized with the Lifetime Achievement award from the National Association of Black Journalists, the Radio/Television News Directors Association's Paul White Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the Denver Press Club's 2003 Damon Runyon Award, the Peabody Award, an Overseas Press Club award, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award and numerous other journalistic honors.
Bradley was also the only male correspondent to regularly wear an earring on "60 Minutes." He says that he was inspired to pierce his left ear in 1986 following an interview with Liza Minnelli in which she encouraged him to take the leap.