Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Model Correspondent Cbs' Morley Safer Was Stylish, Witty and Tough

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Model Correspondent Cbs' Morley Safer Was Stylish, Witty and Tough

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Morley Safer, one of the staples of "60 Minutes" for four decades and one of the most important news correspondents of the Vietnam War era, died Thursday, a week after retiring. He was 84.

Best known for his witty profiles of artists and exposes of the excesses of the art world on "60 Minutes," Mr. Safer was the longest-serving correspondent on the investigative news program, which has been going strong since 1968. He joined "60 Minutes" in 1970.

In his 52-year career at CBS News, Mr. Safer became a model of the correspondent who is urbane, yet accessible to the average viewer. His dispatches from the killing fields of Vietnam were remarkable because it was obvious that he was traveling with American soldiers into some of the most dangerous situations imaginable. Mr. Safer would report his war stories sometimes minutes after a firefight with the North Vietnamese ended.

Mr. Safer wasn't one to romanticize either side in a war. He never shrank from reporting the terrible things American soldiers did to Vietnamese villagers. …

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