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Ed Bradley

  • Original Name Edward Rudolph
  • Birth 22 Jun 1941 Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 9 Nov 2006 New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 16562721

Journalist. He gained wide acclaim and fame for his work on the CBS television news program "60 Minutes," which he joined in 1981. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he was raised by his mother after her divorce, but also saw his father, a restaurant owner, during the summers. He graduated from St. Thomas More High School, then attended Cheyney State College, where he graduated with a degree in Education in 1964. Initially, he taught sixth grade at Philadelphia's William B. Mann Elementary School, but soon was working part time at WDAS radio station, where he programmed music, read the news, and covered basketball games. In 1967, he obtained a full time job at CBS owned New York radio station WCBS. In 1971, he moved to Paris, France, where living off his savings, he became a stringer (freelance reporter, paid by the story) for CBS News, covering the Paris Peace Talks. In 1972, CBS hired him to go to Saigon, to cover the Vietnam War, where he was injured in a mortar attack. After recovering from his wounds, he returned to Vietnam and Cambodia to cover the fall of those two countries to Communism. In 1976, he moved to Washington DC where he covered the Carter Presidential Campaign, and from 1976 to 1978, became CBS News' White House Correspondent. In 1981, he joined the reporting staff of "60 Minutes," replacing Dan Rather who was promoted to "CBS Evening News" anchor. He was the first male correspondent to wear an earring on the show, when he had his left ear pierced in 1986. He was married to artist Patricia Blanchet, and had homes in both Colorado and New York City. A jazz music lover, he often hosted the "Jazz at Lincoln Center" on National Public Radio, and would often perform on stage with the Neville Brothers, who considered him a fifth brother in their act. He was also a dedicated fan of the New York Knicks basketball team. Over the course of his news reporting career, Bradley received an Emmy Award 20 times, four George Peabody Awards for excellence in journalism, a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the Damon Runyon Award, the Columbia University Journalism Award, and a number of other awards by various groups, all for excellence in news reporting or journalism. In an interview, Bradley once stated that his most memorable interview was with singer Lena Horne; that interview, in which he spliced in questions alternating with scenes of her performing, earned him his first Emmy Award, and became a text-book example that other television journalists would later emulate. He was the only reporter to obtain an interview with Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, and while investigating the Duke University Rape Case, he became one of the first to raise doubts about the alleged victim's case. He was not afraid to tackle tough issues, and his interview questions, while pointed, were rarely accusatory, which encouraged his interview subjects to talk to him. Although he was diagnosed with leukemia in 2004, he believed it was in remission. The disease returned in October 2006, and Ed Bradley died at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan of complications from chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

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  • Added: 9 Nov 2006
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