NEW YORK (AP) -- CBS says veteran journalist and "60 Minutes" correspondent Morley Safer has died at age 84.
Safer was equally at home reporting on social injustices, abstract art and war-time atrocities.
"Morley was one of the most important journalists in any medium, ever," said CBS Chairman and CEO, Leslie Moonves. "He broke ground in war reporting and made a name that will forever be synonymous with "60 Minutes." He was also a gentleman, a scholar, a great raconteur."
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."