MANHATTAN, NY (The Hollywood Reporter) — Morley Safer, a pillar of broadcast journalism as a member of CBS’ 60 Minutes team for almost five decades, has died, the network said Thursday. He was 84.
Safer, who helped change Americans’ perception of the Vietnam War in 1965 with an eye-opening report about the torching of the village of Cam Ne.
A native of Toronto, Safer earned a Lifetime Achievement Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2009. He also collected 12 Emmy Awards, three Peabody Awards, two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, two George Polk Memorial Awards and the Paul White Award from the the Radio/Television News Directors Association.
Safer started with CBS News in 1964. He announced his retirement in May at the end of his 46th season with 60 Minutes; his last piece for the newsmagazine, a profile of Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, had aired two months earlier.
“After more than 50 years of broadcasting on CBS News and 60 Minutes, I have decided to retire. 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,” Safer said. “But most of all, I thank the millions of people who have been loyal to our broadcast.”