Ed Bradley headshot

2006 Excellence Honoree

60 Minutes, CBS News Correspondent

The 2006-07 season marks Correspondent Ed Bradley’s 26th on 60 Minutes, the CBS News magazine. He also anchors and reports hour-long specials.

Bradley’s consummate skills as a broadcast journalist and his distinctive body of work have been recognized with numerous awards, including 19 Emmys, several Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University awards and Oversees Press Club Awards, a George Foster Peabody Award, a George Polk Award in journalism, and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards grand prize and television first prize.

He has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Emmy, a Lifetime Achievement award from the National Association of Black Journalists, and the Damon Runyon Award for career journalistic excellence from the Denver Press club.

Bradley’s significant contribution to electronic journalism was also recognized when the Radio/Television News Directors Association named him its Paul White Award winner for 2000. He joins distinguished journalists Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite, and Peter Jennings as a Paul White recipient.

During his career, Bradley has reported on the plight of Cambodian refugees, violence in America, Chinese forced-labor camps, the cruel effects of nuclear testing in Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan, and the reopening of the 50-year-old racial murder case of Emmett Till. In 1997, his report “Enter the Jury Room” for “CBS Reports” revealed the jury deliberation process for the first time in front of network cameras. He has covered presidential campaigns and the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, and he has participated in CBS News’ election-night coverage.

Prior to joining 60 Minutes, Bradley was a principal correspondent for “CBS Reports” (1978-81), after serving as CBS News’ White House correspondent (1976-78). He was also anchor of the “CBS Sunday Night News” (November 1976-May 1981) and of the CBS News magazine “Street Stories” (January 1992-August 1993).

Bradley joined CBS News as a stringer in its Paris bureau in September 1971, and later worked in the Saigon and Washington bureaus. He was named a CBS News correspondent in April 1973 and, shortly thereafter, was wounded while on assignment in Cambodia. He voluntarily returned to report the fall of that country and Vietnam and the subsequent U.S. pullout. In March 1975, he volunteered to return to Indochina and covered the fall of Cambodia and Vietnam.

Bradley started out as a reporter for WDAS Radio Philadelphia (1963-67) before moving to WCBS Radio in New York (August 1967-July 1971), and later CBS News. At WDAS, he covered the 1965 riots in Philadelphia, civil rights protests, and a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Bradley was born June 22, 1941 in Philadelphia and graduated from Cheyney (Pa.) State College in 1964 with a B.S. in education. He lives in New York with his wife, Patricia Blanchet.