African American Hero of the Day

African American Almanac
ISBN: 9781578593231

What well-known broadcast journalist for a popular television news magazine started his career as a disc jockey?

  • He is a native of Philadelphia, where his first journalism job was at WDAS Radio.
  • He has worked at both the Saigon and Washington, D.C., bureaus for CBS.
  • He is the recipient of the prestigious George Foster Peabody Broadcasting Award.
  • He replaced Dan Rather on 60 Minutes.

Ed Bradley (1941-)

Journalist, Television News Correspondent

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Edward R. Bradley received a B.S. in education from Cheyney State College in Cheyney, Pennsylvania. From 1963 to 1967 Bradley worked as a disc jockey and news reporter for WDAS radio in Philadelphia. From there he moved on to WCBS radio in New York. He joined CBS as a stringer in the Paris bureau in 1971. Within a few months he was transferred to the Saigon bureau, where he remained until he was assigned to the Washington bureau, serving from June 1974 to 1978 as a CBS correspondent.

Until 1981 Bradley served as anchor for the CBS Sunday Night News and as principal correspondent for CBS Reports. In 1981 he replaced Dan Rather as a correspondent for the weekly news program 60 Minutes. In 1992 Bradley was made host of the CBS news program Street Stories.

Bradley's effective role as correspondent has earned eleven Emmy Awards, two Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards for broadcast journalism, a George Foster Peabody Broadcasting Award, a George Polk Award, and an NCAA Anniversary Award. He also earned in 1992 an Emmy for "Made In China," a segment on 60 Minutes, in 1993 the Sol Taischoff Award, and in 2000 Bradley was inducted into the Deadline Club Hall of Fame by the New York chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

From African American Almanac: 400 Years of Triumph, Courage and Excellence by Lean'tin Bracks, (c) 2012 Visible Ink Press(R). A wealth of milestones, inspiration, and challenges met . . .

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