Newsman Ed Bradley dies
November 9, 2006
NEW YORK ” Ed Bradley, the award-winning CBS newsman with ties to Aspen, died today.
Bradley, 65, died of leukemia at Mount Sinai, CBS News announced.
The well-known “60 Minutes” correspondent had a home outside Woody Creek, near Aspen. He was a familiar face around town and at the Woody Creek Tavern, a popular dining spot/watering hole frequented by another famous journalist, the late Hunter S. Thompson.
Bradley’s consummate skills as a broadcast journalist and his distinctive body of work were recognized with numerous awards, including 19 Emmys, the latest for a segment that reported the reopening of the 50-year-old racial murder case of Emmett Till.
He was honored with the Lifetime Achievement award from the National Association of Black Journalists. Three of his Emmys came at the 2003 awards: a lifetime achievement Emmy; one for a 2002 “60 Minutes” report on brain cancer patients and for a “60 Minutes II” report about sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church.
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.”
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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.