Ed Bradley, the preeminent black TV journalist of his time, died of complications from leukemia. He was 65.
The longtime correspondent for CBS's "60 Minutes," whose probing questions and salt-and-pepper beard distinguished him to millions of TV viewers, passed away at Mount Sinai hospital in New York City. Two years ago, Bradley was diagnosed with leukemia and was in remission but he took a turn for the worse two weeks ago, contracting pneumonia and dying this morning.
Bradley, who first joined "60 Minutes" in 1981, won an Emmy, a Peabody Award, a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and the Paul White Award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association for his reports. The Philadelphia native got his start as a DJ making $1.50 an hour spinning Miles Davis and Billie Holiday records.
The correspondent's last report for the show was a headline-making interview with suspects in the Duke rape case. During his distinguished career, he interviewed a panoply of personalities from Michael Jackson to Oklahomo City bomber Timothy McVeigh. Some of his most memorable reports included a look at Chinese forced labor camps, the environmental effects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the impact of schizophrenia, and an unprecedented look at the jury deliberation process.
And he was known for his love of jazz, which first touched his heart when he heard "Teach me Tonight" from Errol Garner's Concert by the Sea. He was lured back into DJ work when he recently hosted Jazz at Lincoln Center radio show.
Bradley was married to the artist Patricia Blanchett and had homes in Woody Creek, Colo and New York City.
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