Harry Anderson Radliffe II was born on January 1, 1949 in Indianapolis and died on December 1, 2015.
He attended the local high school and went on to study briefly at Purdue and then the Jesuit-founded Universidad Iberoamericano in Mexico City.
Harry graduated in 1971 from Tufts University with a bachelor’s degree in international relations.
Radliffe then went on to the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where he received his master’s degree in 1973.
He started working at the CBS News Washington Bureau as assistant editor in 1975, then on to ABC News as an associate producer, where he spent the next three years.
He was the first African American to head a CBS News bureau and an award-winning 60 Minutes producer for 26 years.
Harry was traveling through Frankfurt airport on June 19, 1985, with Steve Kroft and a camera crew when a terrorist bomb exploded on the floor above them.
He and others were the first on the scene.
Radliffe went on to New York to be a producer on “The CBS Evening News With Walter Cronkite” in January 1979.
Harry then became a reporter at KGW-TV Portland, Oregon., in 1973.
Harry’s experiences in the Middle East in the 1980s made him the broadcast’s most knowledgeable in the region, he provided 60 Minutes viewers with stories that explained the dynamics.
He was assigned to London in late 1980 following his fine work as a producer in the New York Bureau, including producing one of the CBS News’ biggest stories that year.
Harry did reports on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the late 1990s.
He also did a profile of Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu in 1999.
Harry produced the 60 Minutes segment called “Derivatives,” about the mysterious securities that played a critical role in the economic crisis over a decade later.
Harry Radliffe traveled to Venezuela in 2000 to produce a story on the country’s youth orchestra system that mentored a talented teenager named Gustavo Dudamel.
The young man went on to become conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and an international classical music star.
He has traveled around the world to produce stories for the top CBS News correspondents, including Walter Cronkite, Ed Bradley, Steve Kroft, Bob Simon and Scott Pelley.
Harry Radliffe II passed away at 66 yrs old due to cancer.