Ed “Big Daddy” Bradley has left this mortal coil. His ’60 Minutes’ was up.

Leukemia claimed him and the world will mourn this magnificent journalist. A lover of jazz, a journalist with a sublime ability to get the story effortlessly. A patient questioner.

Mr. Bradley’s list of accomplishments while among us are stellar.

One should begin with his reporting of the Vietnam War, although his

very first assignment was in Philadelphia covering the riots there while

earning the minimum wage of $1.25 per hour. While in Cambodia he was

wounded in the left arm by mortar fire. The soldier beside him was killed.

He returned to Vietnam to cover the Fall of Saigon.

He then covered the Jimmy Carter Presidential Campaign after which he became the first African American journalist in the White House. Ed hated it. Stuck in a small office and doing only routine reporting wasn’t what he wanted. He craved action and adventure. Shortly thereafter he began anchoring for the CBS Sunday Night News as well as principal reporter for CBS Reports. In 1981 he replaced Dan Rather on 60 Minutes.

Over the years 19 Emmys have been given to him in honor of his gifted reporting as well as a Lifetime Achievement award from the National Association of Black Journalists Among the emmys: Blacks in America: With All Deliberate Speed concerning race relations in America, The Boat People about the plight of the Vietnam Refugees in 1979.

When Bradley interviewed singer Lena Horne in December 1981, TV Guide described the journalist’s work as “a textbook example of what a great television interview can be. He once quiped: “If I arrive at the pearly gates and St. Peter said what have I done to deserve entry, I’d ask, ‘Did you see my Lena Horne story?’ ”

Some of his other notable stories included an insightful interview with golfer Woods, the only interview with Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, a documentary on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and coverage of the Columbine High School shootings. He reported the reopening of the Mississippi murder case of 14-year-old Emmett Till, which reignited the civil rights movement in 1955.

Goodnight Big Daddy, you’ve earned a good rest;

Zenny, Humble Reporter

Posted by: ZenShadow of ShadowWorld

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notes: several articles were researched in providing this information. Here are a few relevant links:

Washington Post

CBS News

Ed Bradley Quotes

Ed Bradley Biography

Newseum War Stories

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