Geographic Connection to Pennsylvania: Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
Winner of 11 Emmy Awards, Ed Bradley has worked on 60 Minutes as a correspondent and a co-editor since 1981.
Awards: Emmy Award, Overseas Press Club of America Award, Association of Black Journalists, Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award for Broadcast Journalism, Ohio State Award, George Foster Peabody Broadcasting Award, Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, Paul White Award, Lifetime Achievement Emmy, National Association of Black Journalists Lifetime Ahievement Award
Edward (Ed) Bradley, a prominent African-American journalist of our time, was born in West Philadelphia in 1941. He was educated at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and began working in radio in 1963. Bradley worked his way up from a local radio station to the CBS Radio News. Later he moved to television and has been associated with 60 Minutes for many years. During his career he earned the respect of his peers, demonstrated by the numerous awards given to him. He died in New York City in 2006.
Edward (Ed) Bradley was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on June 22, 1941. His parents were Edward Bradley, a businessman, and Gladys Bradley. He married in 1964, but was later divorced. Bradley married singer Priscilla Coolidge in 1981. The couple divorced in 1984. He later married Patricia Blanchet in 2004.
Bradley attended Cheyney University of Pennsylvania (formerly Cheyney State College), graduating in 1964 with a BS in Education. His career in journalism, however, had already begun in 1963, when he started working as a news reporter for WDAS Radio in Philadelphia. Hired by CBS Radio News in 1967, he went to Europe in 1971 to be a stringer for its Paris bureau. Bradley was transferred to Saigon a year later and was made a full CBS News correspondent in 1973. Although he was wounded while on assignment in Cambodia, he volunteered to go back to cover the fall of Vietnam and Cambodia. In 1976, Bradley became a White House correspondent, and began working as a floor correspondent for the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, which he continued doing through the 1992 campaign. Bradley was a CBS Sunday Night News anchor from 1976 to 1981, and a chief correspondent for CBS Reports from 1978 to 1981.
Bradley became a co-editor of CBS news magazine, 60 Minutes in 1981. He established a reputation of being a hard-hitting reporter and was considered by many to be one of the finest journalists of his day. Bradley was best known for his work on 60 Minutes, which included reports on forced labor camps in China, Africans dying of AIDS, and a small town's battle with toxic waste, as well as celebrity profiles of Miles Davis, Jimmy Buffett, and his Emmy-winning piece on Lena Horne in 1983. Additionally, his work for CBS Reports, examining Indochinese political refugees and the progress of black Americans, received much praise. In 2000, he became the only television journalist to interview Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.
Bradley had a long list of awards. In 1975 he won the Overseas Press Club of America Award for best radio news from abroad. He received an award from the Association of Black Journalists in 1977. His 1979 television documentary, "The Boat People," earned him an Emmy Award, Edward R. Murrow Award from the Overseas Press Club of America, and Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award for Broadcast Journalism. Bradley's television documentary "Blacks in America: With All Deliberate Speed," won him an Emmy Award, Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award in Broadcast Journalism, George Foster Peabody Broadcasting Award from University of Georgia, and Ohio State award. In 1995, Bradley won his eleventh Emmy, and was awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award grand prize and television first prize for his documentary "CBS Reports: In the Killing Fields of America." In 2000, the Radio-Television News Directors Association honored Bradley with the Paul White Award. In 2002, he received a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award in tribute to the twenty Emmys he won overall. The National Association of Black Journalists bestowed their 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award on Bradley.
Ed Bradley passed away on November 9, 2006, at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital from leukemia with his wife Patricia and friends Jimmy Buffett and Charlayne Hunter-Gault at his side. In a comment that served to evaluate his stellar career, Bradley recalled the subject of his first Emmy-winning piece for 60 Minutes: "If I arrive at the pearly gates and St. Peter said what have I done to deserve entry, I'd ask, 'Did you see my Lena Horne story?'"
"The Boat People." CBS Reports. CBS. 1979.
"Blacks in America: With All Deliberate Speed." CBS Reports. CBS. 1979.
"In the Belly of the Beast." 60 Minutes. CBS. 1983.
"Lena." 60 Minutes. CBS. 1983.
"Schizophrenia." 60 Minutes. CBS. 1985.
"Caitlin's Story." 60 Minutes. CBS. 1992.
"2005 Lifetime Achievement Award Acceptance Speech." National Association of Black Journalists. 27 Jan. 2006. 11 Nov. 2006