'60 Minutes' Correspondent Ed Bradley Dies

The TV news star was 65 and had been battling leukemia

TV newsman Ed Bradley, who spent 26 seasons on the CBS newsmagazine program 60 Minutes, has died from complications of leukemia, network anchorwoman Katie Couric announced on the air Thursday. He was 65.

Speaking to FOX News, colleague Mike Wallace called Bradley “a man of gentleness and man of strength, a man of integrity. Bradley was a complete reporter and a reporter’s reporter. He covered the world, really.”

Bradley had joined the CBS news program during the 1981-82 season. He also anchored and reported hour-long specials.

Born in Philadelphia, Bradley received his bachelor of science degree in education from Pennsylvania’s Cheyney State College, in 1964, and began his broadcast career as a radio disc jockey. He became a full-time correspondent for CBS in 1973. Among the countless stories he covered with his typical style, grace and accuracy included the fall of Cambodia and Vietnam.

In 1976, CBS named him White House correspondent. Two years later he joined CBS Reports, where two of his stories won Emmys.

A sturdy presence on 60 Minutes, Bradley was also known for his sartorial splendor, which seemed hip on the often-staid broadcast. In 1998, PEOPLE reported, Bradley favored suits from Versace, Armani and London tailor Keith Fallan, and to accessorize, he went for “muted colors.”

In the ’80s, when Bradley acquired a diamond stud earring that he wore on the air, he was initially concerned about negative reactions. Over time, he told PEOPLE, however, “It doesn’t say anything, other than I like an earring.”

According to his official CBS biography, Bradley won 19 Emmys, the latest for a segment that reported the reopening of the 50-year-old racial murder case of Emmett Till. Recently he had been honored with the Lifetime Achievement award from the National Association of Black Journalists.

In 2003, he won three Emmys: one for lifetime achievement, another for a 60 Minutes report on brain cancer patients, and a third for his special hour coverage of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

His exclusives included the only TV interview with condemned Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and his uncovering evidence that authorities knew in advance some warning signals about the Columbine high-school massacre, but they did not act.

Bradley lived in New York with his wife, Patricia Blanchet, who survives him.

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