Ed Bradley, R.I.P.

144023__ed_lChronologically, Ed Bradley may not have been the youngest of the mandarins on 60 Minutes (that’d be Steve Kroft), but he did seem like the youngest (youth being an extremely relative notion at the venerable newsmagazine). Maybe it was the the little gold earring (how many guys still wear those at 65?), or maybe it was the knowledgeable interviews he did with pop-cultural figures from Michael Jackson to Bob Dylan. Bradley, who died this morning of leukemia, also scored such "gets" as Muhammad Ali, killer/author Jack Henry Abbott, and (in his only TV interview) Timothy McVeigh. He wasn’t the showboater Mike Wallace was, but he was just as tenacious, on such hot-button stories as the reopening of the Emmett Till murder case and sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. After his 25 seasons and 19 Emmys, it’s impossible to imagine 60 Minutes without Ed Bradley.

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  • poochie

    Your class, intelligence, and charm is something that television is lacking and will forever miss. God Bless, and RIP Mr. Bradley.

  • Dave

    Thank you for acknowledging the passing of this dedicated and passionate journalist. He will be missed.

  • Alicia

    So surpising and so sad. He was the best.

  • Ceballos

    As a young, black and puertorican just starting out in my journalism career, Ed Bradley was a true role model for me.
    R.I.P. Mr. Bradley.

  • snee

    wow. i didn’t know he was ill. what a shock.
    mr. bradley was my favourite t.v. journalist. like one of the previous posts indicated, he had class, intelligence, and charm. he also had a great sense of humour.
    i’ll miss him.

  • Kelly

    He was one of last respectable journalists. Now we get Anderson Cooper. Even when he was talking to the weirdest people in the world he managed to keep his dignity. RIP.

  • Stephanie Travitsky

    This is just so sad. First the journalism industry loses Christopher Glenn who introduced children to the wonders of the news with “In The News.” This was a short show that was sandwiched in the middle of Tom and Jerry and Kwikie Koala, etc. And now we lose an innovator of the the interview, the male Barbara Walters without the diva attitude. He was mature, intelligent…and 65? That is pretty young.
    60 Minutes won’t be the same without him, journalism won’t be the same either. God bless you Mr. Bradley.

  • jason

    a great reporter and an even greater man. a class act that will be missed

  • saynt96

    Wow, he was so young. As a child growing up he was my personal inspiration and did it with such grace and dignity. You will be missed.

  • Jakeem

    The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival won’t be the same without an Ed Bradley appearance onstage with the funky Neville Brothers!

  • Allen

    Truly Ed was a legend in the news industry and a role model for young African American men. A man of class and dignity that will be missed by many, especially me. Feels like losing a family member. God Bless you Ed Bradley. R.I.P.

  • cj

    RIP SIR.

  • Honeybee

    In a world where old school journalists are often dismissed and derided, one only needs to study the work of Ed Bradley to see just how important, enlightening and useful true journalism is to our society. R.I.P, to a true gentleman that will be sorely missed.

  • Ms Daisy

    I always enjoyed Ed Bradley’s pieces on 60 Minutes. He was a really good interviewer, never trying to make himself more important than the person he was interviewing – which is truly a lost art in journalism today.

  • j.fo

    I was so shocked and saddened to hear this news yesterday. I had the honor of meeting Ed Bradley – and dancing with him! – at a party in the early 90′s. Not only was he handsome, smart, talented and righteous – he was a gentleman and a great dancer :-)

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