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Award-winning African-American TV news correspondent, anchor and editor whose distinctive good looks are augmented by his salt-and-pepper gray beard and trademark earring, perhaps a first for normally conservative TV news personalities. Bradley's hardhitting reports and exposes on a variety of topical subjects--both domestic and international-- and coverage of the Washington, D.C. political scene, as White House reporter and floor correspondent for both National Conventions since 1976, made him one of CBS News' most visible and popular news personalities. Before joining the regular lineup of CBS' top rated news magazine "60 Minutes" during the 1981-1982 season, Bradley had anchored "CBS Sunday Night News" since 1976 and "CBS Reports" since 1978.
Bradley's career began as a radio news reporter in his native Philadelphia before completing his studies in education at Pennsylvania's small, prestigious Cheyney College. Bradley was hired by CBS Radio News in New York in 1967, going to Europe in 1971 to work as a stringer for their Paris bureau. The following year he was transferred to Saigon at the height of the Vietnam conflict. Based on his in-depth dispatches of the undeclared war, he was named a full CBS News correspondent in 1973, and shortly afterwards was wounded while on assignment in Cambodia. In 1974, he was reassigned to the Washington bureau but volunteered to return to Southeast Asia to cover the fall of Vietnam and Cambodia.
Back in the States, Bradley's star rose quickly. He became a White House correspondent, covered the Jimmy Carter 1976 presidential campaign and began a long-running stint as floor correspondent for both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions starting in 1976 and running through the 1992 campaigns, except for 1984 when he covered the Democrats only.
Since the 1981-82 season, Bradley has been a co-editor of CBS' premiere news magazine "60 Minutes" and has been responsible for some of the show's more widely discussed segments, including reports on forced labor camps in China, sensitive military installations both in the U.S. and Russia, a profile of Lena Horne and an interview with prison author and convicted killer Jack Henry Abbott, all of which have earned him numerous awards. Bradley anchored "Street Stories" (1992-93), CBS News' short-lived plunge into reality TV.