Ed Bradley's recent journey to Uganda, Zimbabwe and South Africa for a 60 Minutes II special on AIDS in Africa, airing June 27 on CBS, "was as tough a trip as I've had in 20 years," he says. "It was so draining emotionally. I interviewed one woman who got HIV, and her husband and his family totally condemned her, when in fact she-got it from him. When he got sick and was dying, I said, 'Didn't you get angry at him because he gave this to you?' And she said, 'He didn't need anger, he needed love.' I was stunned."
As hard as the 10-day trip was, "seeing people who didn't give up kept us going," he says. "We fed off their energy." The newsman needed a boost. 60 Minutes "takes a lot out of you," he says. "By June, you're ready to go on vacation. But it was so reinvigorating to do this hour." Bradley, 59, who lives in New York City with longtime girlfriend Patricia Blanchet, 35, program manager for NYU's Institute of African-American Affairs, starts his 20th year on 60 Minutes this fall. As for that much-needed vacation: "I'll take a month off," he says.