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Veteran '60 Minutes' Newsman Morley Safer Dies at 84

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He already was a CBS News mainstay in 1970 when he joined "60 Minutes," which had debuted just two years earlier.

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS says veteran journalist and "60 Minutes" correspondent Morley Safer has died at age 84.

This Oct. 6, 2008 photo released by CBS shows "60 Minutes" correspondent Morley Safer during the program's 40th anniversary celebration in New York. (John Paul Filo/CBS via AP)

Safer was equally at home reporting on social injustices, abstract art and war-time atrocities.

He already was a CBS News mainstay in 1970 when he joined "60 Minutes," which had debuted just two years earlier. He claimed the co-host chair alongside Mike Wallace and remained with the broadcast for the rest of his life, announcing his retirement earlier this month.

Safer once claimed "there is no such thing as the common man," explaining, "If there were, there would be no need for journalists."

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