Morley Safer

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
May 19, 2016


Morley Safer reminded us of the power of courageous storytelling to help our country decide the right course. I got to know him not long after his years as the gutsy bureau chief in Saigon, bringing the war home to America. He just thought his job was to show the facts and let the viewers draw their own conclusions, even if it put him in the middle of controversy.

Morley innately understood the power of television and its ability to help us wrestle with tough questions. And he did it all with a smile. I will miss that gravelly voice at the other end of the phone -- or a microphone.

Teresa and I offer our condolences to Morley's loved ones and "60 Minutes" colleagues.