Safer won a total of four OPC Awards in 1965 and 1966. In 1965 he won the Best Radio and TV Reporting from Abroad and the George Polk Award, both for coverage of the Vietnam War, including a segment titled “The Burning of Cam Ne Village” that sparked public outrage. In 1966 he won the Best Radio and TV Reporting from Abroad again and Best Reporting for TV-Spot News, also for coverage of Vietnam.
News of his death prompted an outpouring of messages and remembrances online.
60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager tweeted work from his longtime colleague.
“Morley Safer has died. A masterful storyteller, inspiration to many of us and a wonderful friend.”
He is survived by his wife, Jane, one daughter, Sarah Bakal, her husband, Alexander Bakal, three grandchildren, a sister and brother.
Plans for a memorial service will be announced at a later date.