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Ed Bradley with U.S. President Jimmy Carter in 1978

Edward Rudolph "Ed" Bradley Jr. (June 22, 1941November 9, 2006) was an American journalist, best known for 26 years of award-winning work on the CBS News television program 60 Minutes. During his earlier career he also covered the fall of Saigon, was the first black television correspondent to cover the White House, and anchored his own news broadcast, CBS Sunday Night with Ed Bradley. He received several awards for his work including the Peabody, the National Association of Black Journalists Lifetime Achievement Award, and 19 Emmy Awards.


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To Honor the Contributions and Life of Edward R. Bradley — United States House of Representatives
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  • Mr. President, this is Ed Bradley in New York. There are many people who would question our system of criminal justice today in the United States--in fact, many people who have lost faith in our criminal justice system. With so many people languishing on death row today for so many years, how can you say with such assurance that justice will be certain, swift, and severe?
  • And I always found that the harder I worked, the better my luck was, because I was prepared for that.
    • John Sears (August 2000). "Interview with Ed Bradley". RTNDA Communicator (RTNDA; The Association; Radio Television Digital News Association; Volume 54). 
  • I will not go into a story unprepared. I will do my homework, and that's something I learned at an early age.
    • John Sears (August 2000). "Interview with Ed Bradley". RTNDA Communicator (RTNDA; The Association; Radio Television Digital News Association; Volume 54). 
  • Morley has a gift for doing the kind of story that you think only Morley could do, or that certainly Morley could do better than anyone else.
    • John Sears (August 2000). "Interview with Ed Bradley". RTNDA Communicator (RTNDA; The Association; Radio Television Digital News Association; Volume 54). 
  • Before, when I was covering the war in Vietnam and Cambodia, we used to have what I call the three Ss. You would shoot a story, you would script a story, which is to write it and then ship the story. And if you were in Cambodia you'd go to the airport and try to find a pigeon to carry it out for you. Someone who was leaving Cambodia to go to either Bangkok or Saigon or Hong Kong because there wasn't the satellite technology. There was no uplinks then. Today, the second major change is also in personnel. Today you have so much satellite coverage you can report live why from a battlefield. Before you were often there just by yourself. Now you're likely to be with 20 other reporters. I just think there's more people out there covering the same story and covering it in a very different way because of the technological advances.
  • I think the evening news broadcasts are very different today than they were 25-years-ago. I think that the advent of 24-hour cable television. You don't have to wait for 6:30 or 7:00 to get the national news. You can turn on cable any time and you're going to get it right away. And I think that that 24-hour continuous news cycle has affected the way that news is covered. And I'm not sure that that's always a good thing. It can be, but it's not always a good thing.
  • People know that they can tune in to "60 Minutes" any Sunday and know that they're going to learn something by watching the broadcast. They may not like every piece, they may not agree with every piece, but they'll say, huh, I didn't know that about something in there.
  • Aretha Franklin was tough. She turned out to be good, but she was, you know, she was -- she's a very -- she's a very wonderful, but in some ways, shy woman. You don't think about that when you see how she emotes and performs.


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  • Ed Bradley has remained a part of the CBS news team where he has garnered numerous awards on the popular 60 Minutes news magazine television show.
    • Dwayne Ashley, ‎Juan Williams, ‎Adrienne Ingrum (2009). I'll Find a Way or Make One. HarperCollins. p. 4. ISBN 0061976938. 
  • In 2000, Ed Bradley celebrated his nineteenth season as co-editor of and correspondent for 60 Minutes. … He covered presidential campaigns and national conventions from 1976 through 1996 for CBS.
    • Art Athens (2004). Check it Out!: Great Reporters on what it Takes to Tell the Story. Fordham University Press. p. 173. ISBN 0823223531. 
In addition to valuable contributions to journalism, Bradley's reporting also spurred social activism, but also spurred change with his reporting on AIDS in Africa, Death by Denial, which helped influence drug companies into discounting and donating AIDS drugs to Africa. — Congressman Bob Brady
  • Bradley joined CBS's 60 Minutes as coeditor in the 1981–1982 season. He also anchored and reported special broadcasts on 60 Minutes II. Bradley's first full-time work in television was as a war correspondent for CBS News during the Vietnam War. … He has received numerous Emmy Awards for his work, one for a 1981 interview with Lena Horne.
    • Kathleen Fearn-Banks (2005). Historical Dictionary of African-American Television. Scarecrow Press, Inc. p. 54. ISBN 081086522X. 
  • Ed Bradley was a CBS and White House correspondent before becoming a Sunday night fixture on 60 Minutes.
    • Juan González, ‎Joseph Torres (2011). News for All the People. Verso Books. p. 323. ISBN 1844676870. 
His legacy, his life's work, is a story for all of us to admire. Ed was a man of journalistic integrity, he not only set a high standard for his fellow journalists; he also helped to break down barriers in a field that traditionally has not reflected the true diversity of our Nation. — Congresswoman Barbara Lee
  • The ticking seconds announcing the start of 60 Minutes signal the end to another weekend. Hearing the clock is a weekly reminder there are only a few short hours left in Sunday and that another work week is about to begin. Seeing the distinguished and debonair Ed Bradley is the only thing I like about this show.
    • Anthony Ellis McGee (2006). Under the Same Roof. AuthorHouse. p. 239. ISBN 1467804762. 
  • Ed Bradley is a member of an elite group of CBS News professionals who have mastered a variety of duties and who have been honored on many occasions for their abilities.
    • Michael D. Murray (1998). Encyclopedia of Television News. Greenwood. ISBN 1573561088. 
  • 60 Minutes has been on the air since 1968, and reporters such as Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, and Andy Rooney have been with the show for many years. The late Ed Bradley was a very popular reporter on the show.
    • Victoria O'Donnell (2007). Television Criticism. Sage Publications. ISBN 1412941679. 
  • Ed Bradley was an African American journalist who was best known as a correspondent on CBS's 60 Minutes. In recent years, he became a broadcast icon on that Sunday evening television show.
    • Jessie Carney Smith (2010). Encyclopedia of African American Popular Culture. ABC-CLIO. p. 187. ISBN 0313357978. 
  • Ed Bradley was the legendary 60 Minutes reporter.
  • The CBS crew had arrived: Ed Bradley; his producer, David Gelber; and a cameraman. The 60 Minutes people had government permission to work on other stories in Beijing, but they went first to Shanghai as tourists, which gave them cover to work on the real story. Ordinary Chinese did not recognize Ed Bradley as a television star as he walked down the streets of Shanghai.
    • Harry Wu, ‎Hongda Harry Wu, ‎George Vecsey (1996). Troublemaker: One Man's Crusade Against China's Cruelty. Newsmax Media Inc. p. 120. ISBN 0970402996. 

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