60 Minutes’ Morley Safer Dead at 84

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Morley Safer, a veteran journalist best known as a member of 60 Minutes’ team, has died at the age of 84, CBS News reports. The news comes a week after Safer, the program’s longest-serving correspondent, announced his retirement after spending 46 years on the show. The Toronto-born Safer joined CBS as a foreign corespondent in 1964 after spending his early career working as a newspaper reporter; he got his breakthrough at the network for his coverage of the Vietnam War, which showed American soldiers torching the village of Cam Ne. Safer made the jump to 60 Minutes in 1970, covering subjects as diverse as abstract art, Wikipedia, and Anna Wintour. Safer went back to Vietnam in 1989 to reflect on the war, a visit that formed the basis of his book Flashbacks: On Returning to Vietnam. He is survived by his wife, Jane, and daughter, Sara.