Harry Radliffe II Dies: CBS’ First African-American Bureau Chief & ‘60 Minutes’ Veteran Was 66

Harry Radliffe II, an award-winning writer for 60 Minutes and CBS’ initial African-American business chief, died currently at his home in Stamford, CT, following a 7-year dispute with colon cancer. He was 66.

Image (2) cbsnews__130530215604.jpg for post 656738Born in Indianapolis on January 1, 1949, Radliffe began his news career as a contributor during KGW-TV Portland, OR, in 1971 before relocating to a CBS News’ Washington business to work as an partner editor. In 1974 he changed to ABC News as an associate writer before returning to CBS in 1979 to work in New York as a writer on CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite. Radliffe would stay with CBS for a rest of his career.

Posted to London in 1980, he did stories on a Iran warrant crisis, a wake of Egyptian President Anwar el-Sadat, a dispute between Israel and a Palestinian Liberation Organization and a Falklands Islands War. He was in a Frankfurt International Airport in 1985 when a militant explosve exploded above him and his camera crew, and a group became a initial reporters on a stage with a striking news that tangible a event’s coverage opposite outlets.

He was named a network’s London Bureau Chief in 1986, where he supervised coverage of some a era’s many poignant events, including a Chernobyl disaster, terrorism in Europe and flourishing misunderstanding in a Middle East.

Radliffe returned to New York in 1988 to work as comparison writer for CBS Evening News, and shortly 60-Minutes-logotes__131108030757after began his 26-year connection with 60 Minutes when he became a writer on a show. Shortly after, his work covering a usually U.S. Gulf War conflicting to be trained for a friendly-fire occurrence would win a Peabody. Among a other stories to that he minister are a 1995 shred about bonds derivatives; a 2000 story about Venezuelan musician Gustavo Dudamel, who after would control a Los Angeles Philharmonic; and a pre-9/11 news in Qatar about a Al Jazeera network.

Radliffe’s knowledge in a Middle East done him a essential partial of CBS’ news coverage in a years following 9/11, and he would go on to win a News Emmy for a 2012 news on a polite fight in Syria. He also spearheaded coverage of a region’s Christian minority. Just before to his death, he was operative on a story about a Tanzanian orphanage. In all, he contributed scarcely 100 stories to 60 Minutes.

Radliffe is survived by his brother, Brian, and sister, Betty Jo Williams. Memorial skeleton will be announced in a entrance weeks.