CBS says veteran journalist and “60 Minutes” correspondent Morley Safer has died at age 84.
Safer was equally at home reporting on social injustices, abstract art and war-time atrocities.
He already was a CBS News mainstay in 1970 when he joined “60 Minutes,” which had debuted just two years earlier. He claimed the co-host chair alongside Mike Wallace and remained with the broadcast for the rest of his life, retiring last week.
Safer once claimed “there is no such thing as the common man,” explaining, “If there were, there would be no need for journalists.”
BREAKING. @CBSNews is reporting the death of Morley Safer. He was 84 and had retired last week after more than half a century at CBS.
— Charlie Kaye (@CharlieKayeCBS) May 19, 2016
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