Ed Bradley, the longtime "60 Minutes" correspondent whose probing questions and deceptively relaxed interviewing manner graced some of that show's most notable reports, has died. He was 65.
Bradley died Thursday at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital of leukemia, according to staff members at the CBS program.
Bradley joined "60 Minutes" during the 1981-82 season after two years as White House correspondent for CBS News and three years at "CBS Reports." His reporting over the years won him a Peabody Award, 19 Emmys and a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, among many others. He was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Black Journalists.
His most recent Emmy was for a segment about the reopening of the 1950s racial murder case of Emmett Till in Mississippi.
Ed Bradley was all about cool and class. He made me watch "60 Minutes" because as a teen, every time I'd be lucky enough to catch him doing a feature, I knew that it was not only something that I needed to be aware of in general, but something that affected me as a Black man living in America.