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Default Ed Bradley Dead at 65

CBS News' Ed Bradley Dies After Battle With Leukemia
Thursday, November 09, 2006

NEW YORK ? CBS News newsman Ed Bradley died of leukemia Thursday at the age of 65, the network confirmed.

CBS said Bradley, a pioneering black journalist, passed away at New York's Mount Sinai hospital.

The 2006-07 season was Bradley's 26th on "60 Minutes." He joined the broadcast during the 1981-82 season. He also anchored and reported hour-long specials.

CBS News' Mike Wallace described Bradley as, "a man of gentleness, a man of strength, a man of integrity ? he worked so damn hard and he covered the world, seriously. Bradley was a complete reporter and a reporter's reporter."

Wallace told FOX News that around lunchtime every day, Bradley would leave the office and go to the gym. "We figured he was indestructable and to hear what happened is hard to believe," Wallace added.

On the job, Wallace said Bradley "wasn't the least bit reluctant to claim his turf" in his quest to cover the important stories of the day.

Bradley joined "60 Minutes" in 1981, 10 years after he started with the network as a stringer in Paris.

Producer Don Hewitt, in his book "Minute by Minute," was quick to appreciate Bradley's work once he joined the "60 Minutes" crew.

"He's so good and so savvy and so lights up the tube every time he's on it that I wonder what took us so long," Hewitt wrote.

Bradley grew up in a tough section of Philadelphia, where he once recalled that his parents worked 20-hour days at two jobs apiece. "I was told, 'You can be anything you want, kid,"' he once told an interviewer. "When you hear that often enough, you believe it."

After graduating from Cheney State College, he launched his career as a DJ and news reporter for a Philadelphia radio station in 1963, moving to New York's WCBS radio four years later.

He joined CBS News as a stringer in the Paris bureau in 1971, transferring a year later to the Saigon bureau during the Vietnam War; he was wounded while on assignment in Cambodia. Bradley moved to the Washington bureau in June 1974, 14 months after he was named a CBS News correspondent.

He later returned to Vietnam, covering the fall of that country and Cambodia.

After Southeast Asia, Bradley returned to the United States and covered Jimmy Carter's successful campaign for the White House. He followed Carter to Washington, becoming CBS' first black White House correspondent ? a prestigious position that Bradley didn't enjoy.

He jumped from Washington to doing pieces for "CBS Reports," traveling to Cambodia, China, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. It was his Emmy-winning 1979 work on a story about Vietnamese boat people, refugees from the war-torn nation, that eventually landed his work on "60 Minutes."

Bradley won 19 Emmys, the latest for a segment that reported the reopening of the 50-year-old racial murder case of Emmett Till. Other Emmys came for reports on brain cancer patients in April 2002, sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in June 2002 and his interview with Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh in March 2000.

Bradley's reporting on the April 2001 Columbine High School shooting revealed on "60 Minutes II" that authorities ignored telling evidence that could have helped prevent the massacre, according to CBS.

He was just honored with the Lifetime Achievement award from the National Association of Black Journalists.

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