This is so sad. Morley Safer, a legendary CBS news anchor, has died at the age of 84. He leaves behind a huge legacy as the face of ’60 Minutes’, among other accomplishments.
Morley Safer, whose name is synonymous with the CBS program 60 Minutes, passed away today, May 19, at 84. He had worked at the newsmagazine since 1970, and only just announced his retirement last week due to his poor health. Here’s a look back in photos at Morley and his epic career.
Of course, we all remember Morley as the longtime news reporter on 60 Minutes, where he got to the bottom of America’s most pressing issues. The show debuted in 1968, and Morley joined it just two years later, never leaving, until his retirement in May 2016. The show focuses on report-centered investigation, and has been named one of the 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. During his time there, Morley reported on hard issues such as cluster bombs, the South Vietnamese Army, draft dodgers, Nigeria, and the Middle East.
Before 60 Minutes, the Canadian native wrote for newspapers there, and worked as a television correspondent for CBC. He then moved to CBS, reporting from London, then Saigon to cover the Vietnam War.
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, who is also a “60 Minutes” contributor, summed Morley up wonderfully here: “He was an extraordinary writer and reporter, and a true gentleman. From his work during the War in Vietnam to his completely unique and evocative pieces for 60 Minutes, he set the standard for what we all want to be as journalists. His kind shall not pass this way again.” Anderson, like the rest of the journalism community, is saddened by the death of their peer and friend.
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