Edward Rudolph “Ed” Bradley, Jr. (June 22, 1941 – November 9, 2006) was an American journalist, most common for 26 years of award-winning work towards the CBS News television program 60 Minutes. During his earlier career, he also covered the fall of Saigon, was the first black television correspondent to cover up the White House, and anchored his news bulletin, CBS Sunday Night News with Ed Bradley. He received several awards for his work, including the Peabody, the National Association of Black Journalists Lifetime Achievement Award, Radio Television Digital News Association Paul White (journalist) Award, and 19 Emmy Awards.
Bradley was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents divorced when he was two years old, after which he was raised by his mother, Gladys, who worked two jobs to make ends meet. Bradley, who was referred to having the childhood name of “Butch Bradley,” was able to see his father in Detroit, in the summertime, who had a vending machine business and owned a restaurant. When that was transpiring nine, his mother enrolled him within the Holy Providence School, an all-black Catholic boarding school run by the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament at Cornwells Heights, Pennsylvania. He attended Mount Saint Charles Academy in Woonsocket, R i. He graduated in 1959 from Saint Thomas More Catholic Boys Highschool in West Philadelphia. After that, another historically black school, Cheyney State College (now Cheyney University of Pennsylvania) in Cheyney, Pennsylvania, graduating in 1964 by using a degree in education. His first job was teaching sixth grade with the William B. Mann Elementary School in Philadelphia’s Wynnefield community. While he was teaching, he moonlighted with the old WDAS studios on Edgley Drive in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park, contributing on free and, later, for minimum wage. He programmed music, read the news, and covered basketball games and other sports.
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