Morley Safer, “60 Minutes” news magazine correspondent for the last 46 years, has died.
Safer, whose retirement was announced a week ago, died Thursday at the age of 84. On Sunday, the network screened a special hour-long retrospective about Safer’s career. He filed his last report, his 919th, in March and reportedly had been ill.
Safer was born in Toronto, Canada, and reported for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation before joining CBS News in 1964. He first worked as a correspondent in London, and in 1965 opened a Saigon Bureau for CBS News. He began at CBS in 1970.
He became London bureau chief in 1967, and reported from Europe, Africa and the Middle East before returning to Vietnam to cover the war.
Safer won 12 Emmys, three Overseas Press Club Awards, three Peabody Awards, two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, two George Polk Memorial Awards and the Paul White Award from the Radio/Television News Directors Association. He also received the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award from Quinnipiac College, and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards First Prize for Domestic Television, according to CBS.
Safer wrote a book, “Flashbacks: On Returning to Vietnam,” in 1990.
Safer said last week in a statement: “It’s been a wonderful run, but the time has come to say goodbye to all of my friends at CBS and the dozens of people who kept me on the air.”