Morley Safer Dies At 84
May 19, 2016 at 10:16 AM (PT)
MORLEY SAFER, the longtime CBS "60 MINUTES" co-anchor and a legend in the news business, died TODAY (5/19) in NEW YORK at 84. He had announced his retirement last week and the network aired a special retrospective of his work on SUNDAY (5/15).
A native of CANADA, SAFER joined CBS in the LONDON Bureau from the CBC in 1964, taking over the SAIGON Bureau in 1966 and back to head the LONDON Bureau in 1967. and was a co-host on "60 MINUTES" for 46 years, replacing HARRY REASONER on the show in 1970 and appearing regularly until this week. He won practically every electronic journalism award available in the U.S., including three PEABODY Awards, three OVERSEAS PRESS CLUB Awards, four DUPONT-COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY Awards, 12 EMMY Awards, and many more. In the 1970s, he hosted the feature "MORLEY SAFER'S JOURNAL" for CBS RADIO NEWS.
CBS Chairman/CEO LESLIE MOONVES said, "MORLEY was one of the most important journalists in any medium, ever. He broke ground in war reporting and made a name that will forever be synonymous with 60 MINUTES. He was also a gentleman, a scholar, a great raconteur - all of those things and much more to generations of colleagues, his legion of friends, and his family, to whom all of us at CBS offer our sincerest condolences over the loss of one of CBS' and journalism's greatest treasures."
CBS NEWS President DAVID RHODES said, "MORLEY SAFER helped create the CBS NEWS we know today. No correspondent had more extraordinary range, from war reporting to coverage of every aspect of modern culture. His writing alone defined original reporting. Everyone at CBS NEWS will sorely miss MORLEY."