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Longtime ’60 Minutes’ Correspondent Morley Safer Dies at 84

Had retired from newsmag last week 5/19/2016 1:00 PM Eastern
Morley Safer, who last week retired from "60 Minutes," has died at 84.

Morley Safer, whose decades-long career at CBS News included 46 seasons with 60 Minutes, died Thursday at the age of 84.

 

Safer started his career at 60 Minutes in 1970, replacing Harry Reasoner. He quickly earned an Emmy (the first of 12) for his 1971 investigation of the Gulf of Tonkin, which led to America’s war in Vietnam.

 

While with CBS News, Safer’s work ranged from working as a foreign correspondent during the Vietnam War to interviewing Ruth Madoff about her involvement in her husband's Ponzi scheme.

 

"Morley was one of the most important journalists in any medium, ever," said CBS CEO Leslie Moonves. "He broke ground in war reporting and made a name that will forever be synonymous with 60 Minutes.”

 

Safer had formally retired from 60 Minutes the previous week.

 

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