CBS says veteran journalist and “60 Minutes” correspondent Morley Safer has died at age 84.
Safer, who was born in Toronto, attended Western University. He began his journalism career in southwestern Ontario as a writer for the Woodstock Sentinel Review and then worked as a staff reporter at the London Free Press.
He already was a CBS News mainstay in 1970 when he joined “60 Minutes,” which had debuted just two years earlier.
He claimed the co-host chair alongside Mike Wallace and remained with the broadcast for the rest of his life, retiring from his broadcast post just last week.
“This is a very sad day for all of us at 60 Minutes and CBS News. Morley was a fixture, one of our pillars, and an inspiration in many ways. He was a master storyteller, a gentleman and a wonderful friend. We will miss him very much,” said Jeff Fager, the executive producer of “60 Minutes.”
Safer did 919 stories in his 46 years on “60 Minutes,” from his first in 1970 about U.S. Sky Marshals to his last this March, a profile of Danish architect Bjarke Ingels.
“Morley was one of the most important journalists in any medium, ever,” said CBS Chairman and CEO, Leslie Moonves. “He broke ground in war reporting and made a name that will forever be synonymous with “60 Minutes.” He was also a gentleman, a scholar, a great raconteur.”
Safer once claimed “there is no such thing as the common man,” explaining, “If there were, there would be no need for journalists.”
He is survived by his wife, the former Jane Fearer, and his daughter Sarah.
With files from Global News, AP