Ed Bradley, a Philadelphia native, made it big in the “Big Apple” through broadcast journalism. Bradley, before he decided to go into Journalism, earned his teaching degree from Cheyney State College and worked as a teacher. In the 1960’s, he began his broadcast career in Philadelphia as a DJ and news reporter on the radio. His career in broadcast began to grow to its greatest height when he moved to New York City in 1967.
In New York, Bradley began broadcasting with WCBS, but then in the early 70’s he moved to broadcasting for CBS on television. Holding a wide range of correspondent positions, ranging from Southeast Asia to the White House, Bradley became prominent figure in American news television. Bradley was alive in an intense, shifting period of American history. He interviewed or covered the the Columbine school shooting, the Oklahoma City bomber, Timothy Mcveigh, and the Catholic Church abuse scandal. Many note Bradley for his ability to interview people. His interviewees ranged from Bob Dylan to convicted killer Jack Henry Abbott, but he was able to connect with each one. Ed allowed for his interviewees to feel comfortable to share more information and let their guard down. Don Hewitt, former 60 Minutes producer, said this about Bradley, “I said to the crowd: ‘I hired Ed Bradley because he’s a member of a minority,'” Hewitt says. After a gasp from the audience he continued, “He’s a great gentleman and a great reporter. And if that ain’t a minority, I don’t know one.” Hewitt added that Ed never made someone feel as if they were deceived after an interview.
“My formula for success has three elements: the talent you’re given, the hard work you do to get better at whatever it is that you do, and a certain amount of luck. And I always found that the harder I worked, the better my luck was, because I was prepared for that,” said Bradley. He added that he always does his research prior to an interview.
Ed Bradley died on November 9, 2006 of leukemia in the hospital. His wife shared with the press that no matter how well Ed did that he never let the fame get to his head. Ed was always excited to get to the next adventure.
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