Thursday, May 30, 2024

“60 Minutes” Adds Black Correspondent 7 Years After Ed Bradley’s Death


Seven years after the death of the great Ed Bradley, “60 Minutes” is adding a new black correspondent. Bill Whitaker, veteran journalist, will be reporting for the venerable CBS newsmagazine. There’s some speculation on the internet that he’s replacing the currently-on-ice Lara Logan, but CBS denies this.

Anyway, since Bradley’s death, “60 Minutes” has not been a place of multi-cultural reporting. In that time, Logan as well as Anderson Cooper and Katie Couric all fell into the mix. For a while Byron Pitts was prominent on the CBS Evening News and featured occasionally on “60 Minutes.” But he left for ABC News a year ago. Russ Mitchell was always used as a fill in; he now anchors local news in Cleveland.

It’s kind of shocking in 2014 that “60 Minutes” is still pretty much an all-white clubhouse. Bradley did such great reports about African American artists, musicians, and actors, among others. He is sorely missed. Maybe Emmy winner Whitaker can fill some of that void when he joins the show next fall.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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