Morley Safer retiring from '60 Minutes'

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Morley Safer Retiring

Tick-tick-tick-tick-tick. Morley Safer's time at 60 Minutes is coming to an end.

On Wednesday, the veteran reporter announced his retirement from CBS' Sunday-night news magazine – where, after 46 years, he ranks as its longest-serving correspondent.

CBS will honor the 84-year-old newsman with a one-hour special, Morley Safer: A Reporter's Life, this Sunday at 8/7c.

Safer's first season as a regular 60 Minutes correspondent began in 1970 with a story about the training of U.S. Sky Marshals, and wrapped with his 919th report — a profile of Danish Architect Bjarke Ingels — in March.

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NEW YORK - JANUARY 1: CBS News correspondent Morley Safer crouches to avoid hostile fire as he reports from Vietnam in 1965. Image is a screen grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
SAIGON - JANUARY 1: CBS reporter, Morley Safer reporting from Vietnam in 1965 for CBS News. Image is a screen grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
MEKONG DELTA - JANUARY 1: American news broadcaster Morley Safer, correspondent for CBS News, as he reports from the Mekong Delta, Vietnam during the Vietnam War 1965. Photo is a screen grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 19: Morley Safer, CBS News reporter and correspondent. Image dated February 19, 1965. New York, NY. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
CAM NE - JANUARY 1: American news broadcaster Morley Safer, correspondent for CBS News, as Safer reports on the systematic burning of South Vietnamese villages by US Marines during the Vietnam War, Cam Ne, Vietnam, 1965. The broadcast showed US Marines igniting huts with Zippo lighters. Photo is a screen grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 17: CBS News reporter Morley Safer for 60 Minutes. Image dated November 17, 1970. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - DECEMBER 2: Journalist Morley Safer and wife Jane Safer attend Kennedy Center Honors Gala on December 2, 1984 at the State Department in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK - APRIL 21: 60 MINUTES Morley Safer in his office, April 21, 1980. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 6: Portrait of Morley Safer, CBS News correspondent and reporter. Image dated September 6, 1985. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
Mike Wallace, Walter Cronkite, and Morley Safer during Anthology Film Awards at La Belle Epoque in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Members of television's '60 Minutes' news program gather at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, NY, 10 November 1993 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the popular show. From left are: Mike Wallace, Andy Rooney, Morley Safer, Steve Kroft, Ed Bradley, Leslie Stahl, and Executive Producer Don Hewitt. (Photo credit should read BOB STRONG/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 04: Morley Safer is on hand for the Museum of Television and Radio Gala at the Waldorf-Astoria. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Pictured: (l-r) News reporter Morley Safer during an interview with guest host Jay Lenoon May 15, 1990 -- (Photo by: Alice S. Hall/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CNN's Larry King interviews Don Hewitt, Mike Wallace, Ed Bradley, Morley Safer, Lesley Stahl, Steve Kroft and Bob Simon of the '60 Minutes' anchor team during a taping of 'Larry King Live' on Tuesday, June 8, 2004. The show will air on Monday, June 14, 2004 at 9:00pm ET. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/WireImage)
NEW YORK - MAY 16: 60 Minutes correspondent/co-host Morley Safer shows off his 5 Peabody Awards during the 64th Annual Peabody Awards Luncheon held at the Waldorf-Astoria May 16, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 21: CBS 60 Minutes correspondent Morley Safer attends the 18th Annual Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame Awards at the Waldorf Astoria Basildon Room on October 21, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Joe Corrigan/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 20: Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour (L) and CBS correspondent Morley Safer attends the Ralph Lauren Fall 2009 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Skylight Studio on February 20, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORKÂÂSEPT. 17, 2009ÂÂ60 Minutes correspondent Morley Safer has been with the show for 39 years. (Photo by Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Journalist Morley Safer and wife Jane Safer attend the premiere of 'Tin Men' on February 18, 1987 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: Morley Safer attends the 'Veep' screening at the Time Warner Screening Room on April 10, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
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A Reporter's Life will chronicle Safer's rise in the '50s and '60s as a distinguished war reporter, including "his 1965 CBS News dispatch that changed war reporting when it showed Marines torching the homes of Vietnamese villagers," according to the network. It will also highlight "his 60 Minutes investigation that freed Lenell Geter, a black man wrongly convicted and sentenced to life in prison in Texas."

"After more than 50 years of broadcasting on CBS News and 60 Minutes, I have decided to retire," said Safer, in a release. "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," said Safer. "But most of all I thank the millions of people who have been loyal to our broadcast."

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