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Here are the 10 Lesser Known Things About The Morley Safer:
10. Early Life:Morley Safer was born to an Austrian- Jewish family in Toronto, Ontario. He was the son of Anna (née Cohn) and Max Safer, who is an upholsterer. In his youth, Morley Safer decided to be like a guy named Ernest Hemingway, who was Foreign Correspondent. Morley attended Harbord Collegiate Institute in Toronto, Ontario, and also joined at the University Of Western Ontario before he quit to become a daily news reporter.
9. Personal life:Later in 1968, Safer married to Jane Fearer, an anthropology student in London, where he served as Bureau Chief for CBS News. His daughter, Sarah Alice Anne Safer was completed graduation in 1992 in the University Of Brown and a freelance Journalist. Morley maintained Dual Canadian/American citizenship.
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In 1970, he left London to replace Harry Reasoner on 60 Minutes, after Reasoner left to anchor the ABC Evening News. Safer continued and set the record for the show's longest-serving correspondent, retiring in 2016 after 46 years.
Safer's 1965 Vietnam broadcast was notable because he had followed a group of Marines to the Cam Ne village, in "search and destroy" mission. When the Marines alerted the inhabitants to evacuate the village, which was then burned down. His report was among the earliest to paint a bleak picture of the Vietnam War. U.S. President Lyndon Johnson reacted to this report angrily, calling CBS's president and accusing Safer and his colleagues of having undermined America's role there. Safer received an Emmy Award in 1971 for his investigation and reporting of the Gulf of Tonkin incident.
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7. Awards Of Morley Safer:
- 12-time Emmy Award winner.
- 3-time Overseas Press Award winner.
- 3-time George Foster Peabody Award winner.
- 2-time Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award winner.
- Winner of the Paul White Award from the Radio-Television News Directors Association (1966).
- Recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (2003).
- Received the 2003 George Polk Memorial Career Achievement Award from Long Island University.
- Received the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards' first prize for domestic television for his insightful report about a controversial school, "School for the Homeless".
- Safer named a Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 1995.
- Received Brown University's Welles Hangen Award for Superior Achievement in Journalism (1993).
- Recipient of The International Center in New York's Award of Excellence.
6. CNNMoney's Brian Lowry contributed:Morley Safer's curiosity was a perfect fit for the newsmagazine. He investigated wrongdoing, profiled tycoons and celebrities, and told offbeat tales that were rarely seen elsewhere on TV.
"They were works of art almost," Fager said in Sunday's hour-long tribune. "What makes a story a Morley story is his original voice. And by that I mean not just the timbre, but [also] the quality of the storytelling, his writing."
In a statement last week, when Morley retirement was announced, Safer said, "It's been a wonderful run, but the time has come to say goodbye to all of my friends at CBS and the dozens of people who kept me on the air."
5. Morley's Daughter, Sarah Safer Bakal, Had a Brief Journalism Career:Morley’s daughter Sarah Safer Bakal has kept out of the social media, with less presence on any social parties. Sarah graduated from Brown University and Columbia University and had a brief career in journalism, Morley told C-SPAN in 2012.
In 1979, Morley said that his extensive traveling was a burden on his family. He told C-SPAN that he didn’t think he was a very good father.
4. Morley Safer Has Three Grandchildren:In 2000, Sarah Safer was married to Alex Bakal in Italy, engagement is also done in the same city. According to their wedding announcement, Alex Bakal was five years older than Sarah. Alex owns Orion Partners in New York and graduated from Harvard University. In 1979, Alex's parent emigrated to the United States from the Soviet Union.
3. Morley's Love Story:On July 4th, 1968, This couple met in England. In 2012 interview, Safer told C-SPAN that he was stayed there for CBS at that time. He had been out to dinner with Walter Cronkite and his wife, Betsy. An American man and his British wife hosted a party to which Morley was invited. His future wife was a cousin of the family throwing the party.
She seemed pretty bright and she was very beautiful and I said “Hey, you want to have dinner?” I said, “You want to have dinner with Walter Cronkite?”
She said, “Who’s Walter Cronkite?” I said – and she – my wife; she’s an anthropologist and she spent a couple of years living with – in a tribe of Indians in Colombia, so she really wasn’t clued into what was on television and all that.
This couple were married on October 28 of 1968. A People Magazine feature from 1979 says that Morley proposed over the phone while he was in Nigeria covering the civil war.
2. The Couple Lived Together In New York City While He Maintained His Canadian Citizenship:In 1912, Safer’s family emigrated from Europe. His father was a native of Austria and his mother was from England. This lovely couple had three children. They settled in Toronto and throughout his life, Morley maintained his Canadian citizenship.
Safer spoke about his Canadian citizenship to People in 1979 saying, “I really feel stateless. Which is not bad because I always felt a man without a country was not encumbered by narrow loyalties."
1. His Death (May 19, 2016):On May 19, 2016, Morley Safer died in his Manhattan home due to pneumonia just eight days after announcing his retirement from 60 Minutes following46 seasons with the show. Four days prior to his death, CBS made a special 60 Minutes episode covering Safer's 61-year journalism career. Besides his wife, he leaves a daughter, three grandchildren, and a sister and brother.
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