Morley Safer “60 Minutes:
Morley Safer storyteller and interviewer born in 1931 and died in 2016, was the longest-serving correspondent in “60 Minutes” history. He joined the CBS program in 1970, after two years of its launched and worked there ever since, contributing 900+ reports over the years.
CBS program announced Safer’s retirement last week and televised a special hour-long retrospective about his career on Sunday. His retirement was announced due to Safer’s poor health.
Something about Morley Safer:
Mr. Jeff Fager Executive Producer of 60 Minutes, visited Safer’s home after his retirement announcement and said Safer is a “humble man who never expects attention”.
Safer was one of the last person to the original core of 60 Minutes. That included Harry Reasoner, Mike Wallace, Dan Rather and Ed Bradley and producer Don Hewitt. Only Mr. Rather is still alive.
60 Minutes is an American news magazine television program broadcast on the CBS television network which became popular due to Morley Safer. The New York Times has called it “one of the most esteemed news magazines on American television” and still a popular in America.
Safer’s was native resident of Canada and he wrote for Canadian newspapers in the 1950s before joining the CBC as a television correspondent. After that he moved to CBS, worked as a London-based correspondent quickly relocating to Saigon to cover the Vietnam War.
“He was an extraordinary writer and reporter, and a true gentleman,” said CNN anchor and “60 Minutes” contributor Anderson Cooper. “From his work during the War in Vietnam to his completely unique and evocative pieces for 60 Minutes, he set the standard for what we all want to be as journalists. His kind shall not pass this way again.”
Safer’s work as a war correspondent was legendary no doubt.
Safer wrote a book, “Flashbacks” after his returning to Vietnam in 1990, after his tours of journalistic duty in China, Vietnam and other areas.
Safer’s give a statement last week, when his retirement was announced, he said, “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.”