November 9th in African American History – Edward Randolph Bradley, Jr.

Edward Randolph Bradley, Jr.

Edward Randolph Bradley, Jr.

November 9, 2006 Edward Randolph Bradley, Jr., award winning journalist, died.Bradley was born June 22, 1941 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Cheyney State College in 1964. Bradley started reporting the news at WDAS-FM during the 1960s in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and in 1967 moved to the CBS owned WCBS in New York City.

In 1972, he volunteered for a transfer to Saigon to cover the Vietnam War where he was injured by a mortar round. In 1976, Bradley became CBS News’ White House correspondent, the first black to serve in that capacity. In 1981, he joined the “60 Minutes” television show where over the next 26 years he did over 500 stories and won 19 Emmy Awards.

In 2005, the National Association of Black Journalists awarded Bradley their Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2007 he posthumously received the George Foster Peabody Award. The Ed Bradley Scholarship is provided annually by the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation.

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