Safer spent more than 40 years on 60 Minutes, but announced his retirement last Wednesday. On Sunday, CBS aired a retrospective on Safer's career. He was the last of the original 60 Minutes team, including the late Mike Wallace and Harry Reasoner.
"After more than 50 years of broadcasting on CBS News and 60 Minutes,I have decided to retire," Safer said of his decision last week. "It's been a wonderful run, but the time has come to say goodbye to all of my friends at CBS and the dozens of people who kept me on the air."
Safter began his journalism career in Canada, where he was a correspondent and producer for the CBC. He joined CBS News in 1964 as a London-based correspondent and eventually became the London bureau chief. His 1965 report on the torching of the Cam Ne village during the Vietnam War is credited for helping influence Americans' perspectives on the war. In 1970, he left London to join 60 Minutes, where he became the show's longest-serving correspondent.
During his six-decade career, Safter earned 13 Emmys, including a Lifetime Achievement Emmy, and three Peabody Awards.
He is survived by his wife and daughter.