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Morley Safer, CBS News and ‘60 Minutes’ veteran, retiring

Morley Safer is pictured on the red carpet for The Hollywood Reporter Celebrates the 35 Most Powerful People in Media in 2013 in New York. (Charles Sykes / Invision for the Hollywood Reporter)
Morley Safer is pictured on the red carpet for The Hollywood Reporter Celebrates the 35 Most Powerful People in Media in 2013 in New York. (Charles Sykes / Invision for the Hollywood Reporter)

NEW YORK – CBS News veteran Morley Safer, who’s been a correspondent on “60 Minutes” for all but two of the show’s 48 seasons, is retiring.

The network said Wednesday it will mark the occasion with an hourlong special on Safer’s career Sunday after the regular edition of “60 Minutes.”

At 84 years old, he has cut back on work in the past couple of years and has dealt with health issues. His last “60 Minutes” report was a profile of Danish architect Bjarke Ingels and was broadcast in March. It was the 919th report he’s done for the show since he began there in 1970.

Safer had a noted career as a reporter even before joining “60 Minutes,” particularly covering the Vietnam War for CBS News.


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