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Columnist David Broder dead at 81

Columnist David Broder dead at 81
Columnist David Broder dead at 81

I just got word this morning that longtime syndicated columnist David Broder has died at the age of 81 of complications from diabetes.

Broder's column was carried in hundreds of newspapers throughout this country and internationally, including the Post-Bulletin.

His last column, on the uprising that was then brewing in Egypt, appeared in the P-B on Feb. 9.

A winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of Watergate back in the early 1970s, Broder was one of the  most well-respected political columnists in the country and was known as the dean of the Capitol press corps.

He spent more than 40 years at the Washington Post, where he covered politics and wrote a regular column. He ended his reporting gig a few years ago, and took a buyout from the Post. But he continued writing his column for the Washington Post Syndicate, which is separate from the actual newspaper.

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I had a great deal of respect for Broder, whom I met once, about 10 years ago, when he was the featured speaker at a dinner for winners of Minnesota's Premack awards, the premier Minnesota journalism honors. He was a soft-spoken man with a giant intellect. I always appreciated Broder's work — his fairness and his willingness to take either major political party to task. In fact, he was one of the few truly independent political columnists working in Washington.

Our editorial board will be discussing possible replacements for Broder in the coming days. In the meantime, we've temporarily added another Washington Post columnist, Dana Milbank, to our stable of syndicated columnists.

Please let me know if you have any suggestions for a long-term replacement for the esteemed Mr. Broder.

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