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Ed Bradley

Bradley in 1978
Born Edward Rudolph Bradley, Jr.
(1941-06-22)June 22, 1941
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
United States
Died November 9, 2006(2006-11-09) (aged 65)
New York City, New York,
United States
Cause of death Complications from chronic lymphocytic leukemia
Education Cheyney State College
Occupation Journalist
Years active 1967–2006
Notable credit(s) 60 Minutes
CBS News
Spouse(s)

Patricia Blanchet (2004–06)
Priscilla Coolidge (1981–84) (deceased)
Diane Jefferson (1964–67) (deceased)

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.
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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.
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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.
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I did anything that would get me on the air.
My mother worked in factories, worked as a domestic, worked in a restaurant, always had a second job.
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I will not go into a story unprepared. I will do my homework, and that's something I learned at an early age.
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The only thing I'd ever done with news was to read copy sitting at the microphone in the studio.
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Then I learned how to do wraparounds and things like that. I had no experience.
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I always felt more emotionally attached to Cambodia than I did to Vietnam.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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I made the decision to come back to New York, quit my job and move to Paris.
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And I always found that the harder I worked, the better my luck was, because I was prepared for that.
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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.
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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.
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The people in your life are important. Meaningful relationships with those people are very important.
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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.
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There was no one around me who didn't work hard.
But you know, I always said that no one else on my block was on the radio, and it was fun.
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I taught sixth grade for three and a half years.
I stayed three weeks in Paris, fell in love with the city, and decided that I was born to live in Paris.
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I had never been out covering a story, but boy, was that fun.
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.
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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.
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I had a lot of fun in Cambodia, much more so in Cambodia than Vietnam.
And I realized that there was no sports reporter, so I started covering sporting events.
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I knew that God put me on this earth to be on the radio.
I always felt more emotionally attached to Cambodia than I did to Vietnam.
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.
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