Bidding farewell to Morley Safer

Joanna White, Staff Writer

On May 19, 60 Minutes‘ Morley Safer passed away at 84 from a stroke in his Manhattan home.

Safer would begin his vast career in 1951 when he was hired to work for the Sentinel-Review in Woodstock, Ontario.

Then, Safer would later move to CBS three years later before being sent to Saigon, South Vietnam. There, he shined a light on the happenings in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. With these reports, it opened American’s eyes to the war that had originally been vague.

After that and a few other feats in during the ’60s, Safer would later be placed on the 60 Minutes staff to replace Harry Reasoner. There, he would report on many different issues, one of which earning him the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.

46 years later in May, Safer officially retired from CBS and 60 Minutes. Sadly, the man would die the same month. The news reporter died shortly after the CBS aired the special Morley Safer: A Reporter’s Life in honor of the reporter’s life and all of his achievements.

Safer is known as the longest correspondent of 60 Minutes, but had other passions as well. The reporter wrote the book Flashbacks: On Returning to Vietnam, which would be a best seller.

Safer also painted, having earned a Manhattan gallery showing in 1980.

In total, Safer won 20 awards: 12 Emmy Awards, three Over Seas Press Club Awards, three Peabody Awards and two Alfred I. DuPont- Columbia University Awards.

Safer leaves behind a legacy that is not only vast but also helpful in that it gives reporters and journalists of this upcoming age a goal. And this goal serves as a driving point for reporters to work towards and then pass. Safer felt a huge mark on this world, that will never fade as more and more people come into this profession and work towards the standards he set.

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