Ed Bradley was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was primarily raised by his mother, Gladys. His mom worked two jobs to support her family. His dad was in the vending business in Detroit and Ed would visit him in the summers. He attended school in an all black catholic boarding school. He then attended the Mount Saint Charles Academy in Rhode Island and finally graduated from Cheyney State College in Pennsylvania with a degree in education.
Following college, Ed was an elementary schoolteacher and moonlighted at a radio station where he programmed music and read the news. He also broadcasted local athletic events. While at WDAS, he covered his first news reports during a riot in Philadelphia during the 60's. Ed eventually took a job with CBS where he worked in Paris, France covering the Peace Talks. He soon found himself in Saigon covering the Vietnam war as well as Cambodia. While in Vietnam, Bradley was
wounded from a mortar round that hit is back and arms. He returned to Washington D.C. and was given the task of covering the Jimmy Carter campaign. Dan Rather replaced Walter Cronkite as anchor of the CBS News and Bradley took Rather's spot.
Ed Bradley was a regular on 60 Minutes for 26 years and during that time covered over 500 stories from war, poverty, politics and human interest stories. He interviewed many heavyweights over his years with 60 Minutes that included George Burns, Michael Jordan, Timothy McVeigh and Bob Dylan. He is remembered for wearing an earring on camera not seen before in television news journalism.
On Bradley's personal side, he was a lover of music, especially jazz and hosted "Jazz at the Lincoln Center" on NPR for over a decade. He was considered the fifth Neville Brother and often performed with them on stage. He was also a huge Jimmy Buffet fan and from time to time performed with his band. He was also a professional sports fan and was often seen in the stands of the New York Knicks basketball games having been a longtime ticket holder.
Over the years, Bradley earned 19 Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award to name a few. The National Association of Black Journalists considered Bradley a pioneer in African American broadcasting.
|Ed Bradley's jazz funeral|
|Bradley's jazz handkerchief and program|
His resting place is unknown.