Ed Bradley

Ed Bradley


6/22/1941, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania



Birth Name

Edward Rudolph Bradley, Jr


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    • Ed: You know, I think I still have a sense that no matter what you do, no matter what you achieve, no matter how much success you have, no matter how much money you have, relationships are important.

    • Ed: You can work hard to sharpen your talent, to get better at whatever it is that you do, and I think that's what it comes back to.

    • Ed: There was no one around me who didn't work hard.

    • Ed: Then I learned how to do wraparounds and things like that. I had no experience.

    • Ed: The people in your life are important. Meaningful relationships with those people are very important.

    • Ed: The Paris peace talks kept a roof over my head and food on the table and clothes on my back because if something was said going in or coming out, I had the rent for the month.

    • Ed: The only thing I'd ever done with news was to read copy sitting at the microphone in the studio.

    • Ed: That's when I hit the ground. So in the instant that that round landed and blew me in the air, I had those separate and distinct thoughts. The guy who was standing right next to where I had been standing had a hole in his back I could put my fist into.

    • Ed: So I just got on the phone and the engineer just patched me in and I did reports. I'd get a community leader and bring him to the phone, call up the station and do an interview over the phone with the guy.

    • Ed: So I heard this reporter talking about a riot that was going on and I realized that he was a Philadelphia reporter.

    • Ed: Professionally, I remember Cronkite as a kid growing up, and more so for me, the importance of Cronkite was not him sitting there at the anchor desk, but him out there doing things.

    • Ed: Probably my mother. She was a very compassionate woman, and always kept me on my feet. And I think part of it is just the way you are, the way you're raised. And she had the responsibility for raising me.

    • Ed: My uncle was a hero, Lewis Roundtree. He was not even related to me really, but he was always called my uncle. He was like a father to me. I was closer to him than I was my father.

    • Ed: My mother worked in factories, worked as a domestic, worked in a restaurant, always had a second job.

    • Ed: It got me into the games for free, and it got me on the air reporting on the games, the fights, things like that.

    • Ed: I'd watch my father get up at 5 o'clock and go down to the Eastern Market in Detroit to do the shopping for his restaurant, and get that business going and then go out on his vending machine business.

    • Ed: I would listen to how they told the story, to what elements they used, to how it sounded, and that's who I patterned myself after, the people who were on CBS News.

    • Ed: I worked to save up enough money to pay off my bills and have enough money to live for a little while, and then I moved to Paris.

    • Ed: I will not go into a story unprepared. I will do my homework, and that's something I learned at an early age.

    • Ed: I taught sixth grade for three and a half years.

    • Ed: I stayed three weeks in Paris, fell in love with the city, and decided that I was born to live in Paris.

    • Ed: I ran out of money in Paris. Fortunately, about the same time I ran out of money, CBS offered me a job as a stringer.

    • Ed: I made the decision to come back to New York, quit my job and move to Paris.

    • Ed: I knew that God put me on this earth to be on the radio.

    • Ed: I had no experience with broadcasting basketball games, so I took a tape recorder and went to a playground where there was a summer league, and I stood up in the top of the stands and I called the game.

    • Ed: I had never been out covering a story, but boy, was that fun.

    • Ed: I had had no training as a journalist and I used to listen to the CBS News hourly reports. That was my classroom.

    • Ed: I had a lot of fun in Cambodia, much more so in Cambodia than Vietnam.

    • Ed: I guess it was over a year that I worked for no pay and when they did start paying me, I think I made about a dollar.

    • Ed: I grew up in a single-parent home, raised by my mother, but I spent time with my father who lived in another city.

    • Ed: I always felt more emotionally attached to Cambodia than I did to Vietnam.

    • Ed: But you know, I always said that no one else on my block was on the radio, and it was fun.

    • Ed: Because when it gets to the point where it's not fun anymore, I've always hoped that I would have the courage to say goodbye and walk away from it.

    • Ed Bradley: Be prepared, work hard, and hope for a little luck. Recognize that the harder you work and the better prepared you are, the more luck you might have.

    • Ed Bradley: And I realized that there was no sports reporter, so I started covering sporting events.

    • Ed Bradley: And I always found that the harder I worked, the better my luck was, because I was prepared for that.

  • 60 Minutes reporter.

    RIP Ed Bradley. Decent reporter. While I found him like the other co-workers a bit arrogent, he was nonetheless a good reporter, presenting the facts. He's had the luck and fortune to interview Mohammed Ali, Denzel Washington, Michael Jordan, Mandela, and many other celebrities presenting both intimitate and well known knowledge. Like other "old timers" like Dan Rather, he was a veteran and he knew he was doing.

    All in all he was decent and he will be remembered as one of the most popular faces on the news series.moreless
  • Underrated but talented! RIP Ed!

    I didn't know that Ed Bradley was sick with leukemia

    As I liked him the best out of the correspondents

    Of 60 Minutes and that he was fair at least. Mike

    Wallace was tough and no nonsense, Harry Reasoner was cuddly and cautious, Morley Safter funny and the comic relief. He also loves jazz like I do! Will miss him as in a sense, that signals an end of an era!