Magazine article National Urban League. The State of Black America

In Memoriam: Ed Bradley

Magazine article National Urban League. The State of Black America

In Memoriam: Ed Bradley

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Ed Bradley is one of the premier journalists in media history. He spent most of his 39-year journalistic career with CBS News. He began on CBS Evening News and on CBS News documentaries, but he was best known for his work on 60 Minutes, where he showed his journalistic talents in both interviewing and investigative work.

Born Edward Rudolph Bradley on June 22, 1941 in Philadelphia, he earned a teaching degree from Cheyney State College in 1964 and taught sixth grade for three years in Philadelphia. While moonlighting at WDAS radio doing odd jobs, like spinning records, reading the news, and covering sporting events, Bradley discovered his love of journalism. In the late 1960s, he offered to cover the Philadelphia riots for the radio station. He never looked back.

He soon got a job at WCBS radio in New York, and then in 1972 was offered a job at CBS News to cover the Vietnam War. This made him one of the first African-American journalists to make a name for himself on national television. …

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