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Morley Safer, veteran CBS News correspondent, dies at 84

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(NBC News) - Legendary CBS News correspondent Morley Safer, who retired last week after more than half a century at the network, died Thursday at his home in Manhattan. He was 84.

The death of Safer, who first made his mark covering the Vietnam War and then became one of America's best-known reporters during a 46-year career at 60 Minutes, was announced by CBS on Twitter.

Born in Toronto, Safer began his career writing for various Canadian newspapers before he jumped to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and embraced the then-new technology of television.

He joined CBS as a London correspondent in 1964, and the very next year he was sent to Saigon to open the network's new bureau and cover the war.

During his career, Safer won a dozen Emmys and numerous other awards for his reporting.

He is survived by his wife, Jane Fearer, and their daughter, Sarah Alice Anne Safer.

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