"Ed Bradley's" mural will be place in the Belmont Community...
Highly-esteemed journalist Ed Bradley, most
notable for his 26 years as a correspondent on CBS News’ 60 Minutes, was a Philadelphia native
raised in the West Philadelphia neighborhood that will be the site of a new mural honoring his legacy. Bradley, who passed away in 2006, was the first black television correspondent to cover the
White House and the recipient of dozens of prestigious journalism awards, including Emmys, Duponts, Peabodys, and both the George Polk and Paul White awards. He was injured in Cambodia as a war
correspondent, and anchored his own broadcast, CBS Sunday Night News with Ed
Bradley launched into journalism at Philadelphia’s WDAS radio station, after starting out as a Philadelphia public school teacher and administrator following his
graduation from local HBCU Cheyney University.
His journalism career took him all over the world, but he remained a proud son of the City of Brotherly Love. The mural at 949 Belmont Avenue will be painted by artist
Ernel Martinez, in collaboration with students at St. Ignatius School and Senior Center, Blankenburg School, and the Mastery Mann School, where Bradley’s career began. Partners on the paint days will
include the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists and the Fine Arts Department of Cheyney University, Belmont Alliance Civic Association and Aminata S. Calhoun. In early June, students from these schools will have the opportunity to travel to New York to visit the CBS New York studios and learn more about broadcasting and Bradley’s
legacy—a legacy that will live on through ancillary educational programs for students interested in a journalism career, which are currently in development.