The Emmy- and Peabody-winning TV and radio newsman died today of cancer at his Washington D.C. home. Bruce Morton was 83. He spent nearly three decades at CBS News, where he covered the Vietnam War, the space program, presidential campaigns, the Nixon impeachment hearings, the mid-’60s urban riots and contributed to the network’s reports on the assassinations of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr and the unrest in China’s Tienanmen Square. He moved to CNN in 1993 and retired from there in 2006. “All of us who worked with Bruce knew him to be a reporter’s reporter; a man who cared deeply about journalism, politics and people,” CNN Washington Bureau Chief and SVP Sam Feist said in a note to staffers today. “Bruce could tell a story like no other, as he effortlessly weaved facts, emotion and history into every one of his news stories.”
Morton won six News Emmys during his career, including one for the 1977 CBS News Special Report “Watergate: The White House Transcripts” and another for his coverage of the 1971 court martial of Lt. William Calley, who was on trial for the infamous My Lai Massacre during the Vietnam War. In 1975, he became a co-anchor of CBS Morning News, a gig that earned him a Peabody Award.
Born on Oct. 28, 1930, in Norwalk, Conn., the Harvard grad got his start at a Boston radio station while still in school. He later worked as a London and Washington correspondent for News Associated and Radio Press before reporting on conflicts in Africa for ABC News from 1962-64.
When Bruce retired from CNN in 2006, Wolf Blitzer ended his Situation Room broadcast by saying, “Bruce brings something very special to television journalism, a truly unique voice, smart and wry, with a perspective you could only get by covering politics for five decades.”