Legendary newsman, Morley Safer, has died. He was 84 years old.
A long time “60 Minutes” correspondent, Safer had only just recently retired from his duties in the newsroom.
During his six decades of reporting, Safer won hundreds of awards, including a dozen Emmys and three Peabody Awards. Just this past Sunday, “60 Minutes” said goodbye to Safer in a tribute marking the close of a 61-year career. During the hourlong show, Safer was described as tough, funny, intrepid, curious and courageous, with reporting that ranged from the Cold War to cyberspace, from the Muppets to the Orient Express. “He’s asking a question on behalf of all of us,” said “60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager. Safer’s first report on “60 Minutes” in 1970 was about the training of U.S. Sky Marshals. His 919th and last, a profile of Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, was broadcast in March. At 84 and dealing with health issues, Safer had cut back on work in recent years. The Toronto-born Safer was the first Saigon bureau chief for CBS News. h/t abc7
He is survived by his wife and daughter.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Safer’s family and friends at this difficult time.