NEW YORK — CBS News veteran Morley Safer will say farewell tonight on "60 Minutes" as he is honored by the newsmagazine where he's been a fixture for all but two of its 48 years.
"It's been a wonderful run, but the time has come to say goodbye to all of my friends at CBS and the dozens of people who kept me on the air," Safer said Wednesday in announcing his retirement. "But most of all, I thank the millions of people who have been loyal to our broadcast."
Safer's first report on "60 Minutes" in 1970 was about the training of U.S. Sky Marshals. His 919th and last, a profile of Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, was broadcast in March. At 84 and dealing with health issues, Safer had cut back on work in recent years.
The Toronto-born Safer was the first Saigon bureau chief for CBS News, and his 1965 report on U.S. Marines burning the Vietnamese village of Cam Ne was a turning point in public attitude toward the war. He broadcast a report from inside China when it was still largely a closed society in 1967 and, as a Canadian Broadcast Corp. reporter, witnessed the building of the Berlin Wall in Germany in 1961.
He was a London bureau chief for CBS News in the late 1960s before joining "60 Minutes."
The Safer tribute hour airs at 8 p.m. EDT following the regular "60 Minutes" broadcast.