Newsman Ed Bradley to be honored with mural

April 28, 2017 GMT

As a newsman, Ed Bradley was a distinctive journalist who broke racial barriers at CBS News. To the family and friends of his Philadelphia hometown, the former educator and WDAS radio reporter was a beloved Cheyney University alum who never forgot his roots.

This year the Mural Arts Program will honor the legacy of the correspondent by painting his images on a home in his childhood Belmont neighborhood.

“The community made an eloquent case as to why this needs to be in Belmont, and I am behind them on this,” said Jane Golden Executive Director of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program (MAP). “I think it is the right location. It is near where he grew up, is in close proximity to his school, and we have community support. It’s perfect.”

Bradley, most notable for his 26 years as a correspondent on the CBS News program “60 Minutes,” was born on June 22, 1941, in Philadelphia.

After a brief tenure as a Philadelphia public school teacher, Bradley began his career in journalism on the radio at WDAS before moving on to CBS radio and eventually becoming television news war correspondent, where he was injured covering the war in Cambodia.

He was the first Black television correspondent to cover the White House and anchored his own broadcast, “CBS Sunday Night News with Ed Bradley.” He received dozens of the most prestigious awards in journalism, including Emmys, Duponts, Peabodys, and both the George Polk and Paul White awards.

“It is more important now than ever that we lift up Ed Bradley,” continued Golden. “He was able to move forward in the most inspired and exciting way in his profession and he is a role model and change agent for generations of young journalists who were impacted by him and who are now telling stories. He made a profound impact on many lives. He is emblematic of the best of the profession.”

MAP’s lead artist Ernel Martinez will create the Bradley mural at 949 Belmont Ave. The design for the mural will be unveiled on Tuesday at a private event.

It will be dedicated in November 2017 to mark the 11-year anniversary of Bradley’s death at age 65 of complications from lymphocytic leukemia.

The Associated Press contributed to this report