Morley Safer, whose papers are preserved at the Briscoe Center, was a leading twentieth-century television journalist with a long history at CBS News and its broadcast news magazine 60 Minutes. With courage and his trademark wit, Safer reported on a variety of stories across the globe.
In 2019, the Briscoe Center in partnership with the Safer family presented the Morley Safer Award for Outstanding Reporting to honor reporting that, like Safer’s, displayed integrity, tenacity, and audacity. Entries were accepted in any medium: print, broadcast, radio, or digital. The jury looked for work that honored Safer’s journalistic priorities: challenging conventional thinking, illuminating overlooked stories, embracing history, and a dedication to precise and elegant language. The Morley Safer Award was supported by the Safer family, the Marion Goldin Charitable Gift Fund, and an anonymous donor.