Cancer Type – Leukemia

Bio – He was awarded 19 Emmy’s for his journalism work, yet he fought a silent battle he never reported on.

Short Story – Ed Bradley was a role model. The Veteran of 60 Minutes broke down racial barriers and was the first African American White House correspondent for CBS News. Considered a legend in the industry, he shined in groundbreaking journalism including his work on the worst school shooting in American history, “Columbine,” and interview with Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

Years prior to his death, Bradley was diagnosed with CLL, chronic lymphocytic leukemia. However, his doctor stated the disease was not life-threatening until Bradley contracted an infection that his damaged immune system was unable to defeat.

CLL is characterized by a progressive accumulation of functionally incompetent lymphocytes and is the most common form of leukemia among adults. Up to 17,000 new cases are reported yearly in the U.S. The disease is typically not treated at early detection, as studies have shown little advantage.

Bradley passed away from complications of CLL at the age of 65.

Thank you Ed Bradley for being a journalism role model.

Image Credits – By White House Staff Photographers (US National Archives website) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


BornEdward Rudolph Bradley, Jr. June 22, 1941, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
DiedNovember 9, 2006 (aged 65), New York City, New York, United States
Cause of deathComplications from chronic lymphocytic leukemia
EducationCheyney State College
Years active1967–2006
Notable credit(s)60 Minutes, CBS News
Spouse(s)Patricia Blanchet (2004–06), Priscilla Coolidge (1981–84) (deceased), Diane Jefferson (1964–67) (deceased)