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Veteran CBS News and "60 Minutes" correspondent Ed Bradley died on Thursday of leukemia in New York, a network spokeswoman said. He was 65.

Bradley, among the first black Americans to become a household name in U.S. network television news, had just begun his 26th season as one of the team of reporters featured on the landmark news magazine show "60 Minutes" when he died at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan.

Bradley’s work earned him 19 Emmy Awards during his career, including one for a piece about the reopening of the murder investigation into the 1955 racial slaying of the teenage black youth Emmett Till in Mississippi.

After a career as a radio reporter, Bradley joined CBS News as a freelancer in its Paris bureau in September 1971 and was transferred a year later to the network’s bureau in Saigon, where he covered the Vietnam War until assigned to the CBS News Washington bureau in June 1974.

He was officially named a CBS News correspondent in April 1973 and, shortly thereafter, was wounded while on assignment in Cambodia. In March 1975, he volunteered to return to Indochina and covered the fall of Cambodia and Vietnam.

Prior to joining CBS News, Bradley was a reporter for WCBS Radio, the CBS-owned station in New York. He started out in 1963 as a reporter for WDAS Radio Philadelphia.

Reuters.com