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Bradley, ’60’: A 26-Year Run

Nov 13, 2006  •  Post A Comment

When veteran CBS News correspondent Ed Bradley died unexpectedly Nov. 9., he had been with “60 Minutes” for 26 years.

He was 65 and had been in remission from the leukemia that recurred with a vengeance very recently, and he died before most people even knew he was sick.

Mr. Bradley joined CBS News as a stringer in Paris in 1971. He covered the White House in the late ’70s, anchored the “CBS Sunday Night News” from 1976 to 1981 and served as a correspondent for “CBS Reports” and “Street Stories,” but it was at “60 Minutes” that he found his TV home from which he would wander to do stories on such wide-ranging topics as murders, musicians and violence in America.

In addition to his 19 Emmys, Mr. Bradley won at least one of every major journalism award over his career, which took him to the floors of every Republican and Democratic convention from 1976 through 1996. He had only recently learned that he was not to play a part in this week’s midterm election-night coverage, which friends said had jarred him.