Communications pros pay tribute to Morley Safer on Twitter

Co-workers, fans and friends remembered the famed journalist’s powerful storytelling skills and said he was a standard for others in the industry. He died Thursday at age 84.

His is a legacy not soon forgotten.

On Thursday, Morley Safer, a journalist renowned for his work on “60 Minutes,” died at age 84.

Safer worked at CBS for 52 years and spent 46 seasons reporting for “60 Minutes.” He was best known for his groundbreaking reporting on the Vietnam War, as well as his interviews with Betty Ford, Anna Wintour, Bernie Madoff and more.

Les Moonves, chairman and chief exec of CBS, said Safer was the “most important journalist in any medium ever”:

Morley was one of the most important journalists in any medium ever. He was also a gentleman, a scholar, a great raconteur—all of these things and much more to generations of colleagues, his legion of friends, and his family, to whom all of us at CBS offer our sincerest condolences.

In failing health, Safer announced his retirement only a week ago. He died just four days after a special “60 Minutes” tribute to him:

#MorleySafer What are the chances that Morley draws the curtain only 4 days after that 60 mins tribute? Rest. pic.twitter.com/aLbLcoagEr

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