Safer never made himself the story, unlike some of the more puffed-up, big-name news stars he came up with. He was a curious man whose laid-back presence belied a meticulous attention to detail. Very little escaped his notice, and yet he did not make a big deal of the learning and experience he brought to each story. He made whatever he was talking about or whomever he was interviewing the most interesting thing on the screen. But it takes a great deal of skill to do that: To shape the story or construct a narrative without making it all about the correspondent takes wisdom and a depth of insight and perspective.
And yet for all his calmness, Safer was truly cut