Veteran 60 Minutes correspondent Ed Bradley died Thursday at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan of complications from leukemia.
Bradley joined the staff of the venerable news magazine 26 years ago. His consummate skills as a broadcast journalist and his distinctive body of work were recognized with numerous awards, including 19 Emmys, the latest for a segment that reported the reopening of the 50-year-old racial murder case of Emmett Till.
I have watched 60 Minutes every week since I was a kid, and without question, my two favorite all-time 60 Minutes newscasters are Harry Reasoner and Ed Bradley. I honestly had no idea that Bradley had leukemia, although just a week or so ago, I thought to my self that his voice sounded funny.
Sometimes when these celebrities and famous people pass, I nod, and say to myself- “He/she had a good life.” Other times, I just feel old, as I did when Mr. Rogers died, because someone from my youth has died. And in some cases, I think to myself that I am really, really going to miss that individual’s contributions. In this case, with Ed Bradley passing, it is a little bit of all three.
RIP, Ed Bradley.