On Thursday, Morley Safer, a journalist renowned for his work on “60 Minutes,” died at age 84.
Safer worked at CBS for 52 years and spent 46 seasons reporting for “60 Minutes.” He was best known for his groundbreaking reporting on the Vietnam War, as well as his interviews with Betty Ford, Anna Wintour, Bernie Madoff and more.
Les Moonves, chairman and chief exec of CBS, said Safer was the “most important journalist in any medium ever”:
Morley was one of the most important journalists in any medium ever. He was also a gentleman, a scholar, a great raconteur—all of these 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.
In failing health, Safer announced his retirement only a week ago. He died just four days after a special “60 Minutes” tribute to him:
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