Mr. LaTOURETTE. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself as much time as I might consume.
Known best for his investigative reports on the CBS news program 60 Minutes, Ed Bradley won 19 Emmy Awards throughout his journalism career, including one for lifetime achievement in 2003. Just one year after graduating from college, he reported on the Philadelphia riots and earned a position with a local radio station. He became a reporter for CBS News in 1971, where he remained for 35 years and took on projects that were challenging and oftentimes a call for action.
His June 2000 report, ``Death by Denial,'' for example, helped expose the AIDS crisis in Africa and convinced the pharmaceutical industry to donate medicine to the region. His report the previous year, called ``Unsafe Haven,'' prompted Federal investigations into America's psychiatric hospitals.
In addition to his many professional accomplishments, Ed Bradley is remembered by his friends for leading a personal life of balance, virtue and humor. He loved to jump on stage with his good buddy and friend, Jimmy Buffett, who nicknamed Bradley ``Teddy Bear'' and referred to him as a great journalist who still knew how to have a good time.
In November of this year, after a long and private struggle with leukemia, Ed Bradley passed away. He leaves behind him a legacy of journalistic talent and achievements, as well as a personal story of courage and determination.
I urge my Members to join me today in supporting H. Res. 1084, as amended.
Mr. Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.
Mr. BRADY of Pennsylvania. Mr. Speaker, I thank the chairman of the committee and the ranking member for allowing me to speak and also for bringing this bill up so quickly.
Edward Rudolph Bradley was born on June 22, 1941, in West Philadelphia, about 8 blocks from my house. He attended my alma mater, St. Thomas More High School. He graduated about 3 years ahead of me. I knew him personally, saw him in school, and he always was a gentleman and someone who always helped anyone who needed any help in any manner. With him being a senior and me being a freshman, I needed a lot of help, and he always took the time to do that.
He taught at William B. Mann Elementary in Philadelphia and spent his evenings working at a local Philadelphia radio station, WDAS, for free. In 1965, when riots broke out in Philadelphia and Philadelphia was in a major turmoil, Bradley, lacking recording equipment, covered the riots from a nearby pay phone and did an excellent job reporting back and also trying to soothe the problems we were having there.
Bradley's coverage of the North Philadelphia riots earned him a full-time paid position with WDAS. Bradley was hired in 1967 as a reporter for WCBS radio in New York. In 1968 he was the only African American on air at CBS, or at any New York news radio station.
Ed Bradley joined CBS News in 1971 as a stringer in its Paris bureau, covering the Paris peace talks, and remained with CBS News for 35 years. He was transferred in 1972 to CBS Saigon bureau to cover the Vietnam War and, while covering the war in Cambodia, was injured by a mortar round.
Ed Bradley covered Jimmy Carter's campaign in 1976, served as a CBS News floor correspondent for coverage of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, which he covered and reported very fairly. Bradley became the first African American White House correspondent for CBS from 1976 to 1978. In 1981, Bradley joined 60 Minutes as an on-air correspondent and remained with 60 Minutes for 26 years.
In 2000, Bradley was the only television journalist granted an interview with condemned Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, which earned him another Emmy Award.
Bradley received numerous awards of distinction for his in-depth reporting and coverage, including 20 Emmy Awards, Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Award, 2006; Paul White Award, 2000; Damon Runyon Award, 2003; Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, 1995; and Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Black Journalists in 2005.
In addition to valuable contributions to journalism, Bradley's reporting also spurred social activism, but also spurred change with his reporting on AIDS in Africa, ``Death by Denial,'' which helped influence drug companies into discounting and donating AIDS drugs to Africa.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Blanchet. He will surely be missed in the City of Philadelphia, and we in the City of Philadelphia are extremely proud and honored to call him one of our own.