Ed Bradley, ’60 Minutes’ Icon, Dies

Nov 9, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Ed Bradley, the charismatic “60 Minutes” correspondent who won 19 Emmys, died Thursday morning at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. A CBS News spokesperson said the cause of death was leukemia.

He was 65 and was in his 26th year as one of the newsmagazine’s larger-than-life correspondents. Mr. Bradley’s most recent story, an interview with principals in the case of the alleged rape of a stripper by Duke University lacrosse players, made headlines just a few weeks ago.

Mr. Bradley joined CBS News in 1971 as a stringer in Paris. He covered the White House in the late 1970s, anchored the “CBS Sunday Night News” from 1976 to 1981, and served as a correspondent for “CBS Reports” and “Street Stories.”

It was at “60 Minutes” that he found a TV home from which he would wander, doing stories on everything from musician profiles to violence in America.

Mr. Bradley won at least one of every major journalism award over his career, which had taken him from the floor 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.