Tick-tick-tick-tick-tick. Morley Safer’s time at 60 Minutes is coming to an end.
On Wednesday, the veteran reporter announced his retirement from CBS’ Sunday-night news magazine – where, after 46 years, he ranks as its longest-serving correspondent.
CBS will honor the 84-year-old newsman with a one-hour special, Morley Safer: A Reporter’s Life, this Sunday at 8/7c.
Safer’s first season as a regular 60 Minutes correspondent began in 1970 with a story about the training of U.S. Sky Marshals, and wrapped with his 919th report — a profile of Danish Architect Bjarke Ingels — in March.
A Reporter’s Life will chronicle Safer’s rise in the ’50s and ’60s as a distinguished war reporter, including “his 1965 CBS News dispatch that changed war reporting when it showed Marines torching the homes of Vietnamese villagers,” according to the network. It will also highlight “his 60 Minutes investigation that freed Lenell Geter, a black man wrongly convicted and sentenced to life in prison in Texas.”
“After more than 50 years of broadcasting on CBS News and 60 Minutes, I have decided to retire,” said Safer, in a release. “It’s been a wonderful run, but the time has come to say goodbye to all of my friends at CBS and the dozens of people who kept me on the air,” said Safer. “But most of all I thank the millions of people who have been loyal to our broadcast.”
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