Longtime CBS newsman Morley Safer dead at 84

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After a career than spanned decades, “60 Minutes” correspondent Morley Safer has died at the age of 84, CBS announced.

The network had just honored the journalist Sunday with a tribute marking his retirement, called “Morley Safer: A Reporter’s Life”

“It’s fair to say that nobody alive today has seen as much and reported on it as brilliantly as Morley,” the program shared. “Morley Safer has worked in television news for 61 years. He’s spent 46 of those years on this broadcast, longer than anyone else.”

Safer’s 1970 report on the training of U.S. Sky Marshals was his first for “60 Minutes.” Broadcast in March 2016, his profile of Danish architect Bjarke Ingels was his 919th and last, according to Fox News. Over his seven decades as a journalist, it seemed Safer covered everything, and traveled everywhere doing it.

“As a traveler, he holds some sort of record, taking planes, trains, boats, even bicycles to the ends of the Earth, often visiting more than once,” the CBS program shared. “By the time he was 35, he’d covered news in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia.”

Safer’s coverage of the Vietnam War made his name a fixture in American homes. His report on U.S. Marines burning the Vietnamese village of Cam Ne in 1965 was pivotal in the how the war was viewed at home, even sparking backlash from President Lyndon Johnson who called for Safer to be fired.

The hour-long CBS tribute called Safer’s “unmatched” and that “he’s made the rest of us better journalists.”

Even after more than six decades on the air, the Toronto-born Safer still was not a fan of looking into the camera lens.

“I really don’t like being on television,” he had said. “I find it intimidating, discomforting. It makes me uneasy. It is not natural to be talking to a piece of machinery. But the money is very good.”

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