Columnist David Broder dead at 81

David Broder, Pulitzer-Prize winning Washington Post columnist, died Wednesday, March 9th, of complications from diabetes. Broder received the Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997 from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists .

Broder was one of the most respected political commentators of his generation. His column on politics appeared on the op-ed pages of dozens of newspapers. His even-handed treatment of Democrats and Republicans set him apart from other political commentators.

Broder received the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of Watergate in the Nixon era. In spite of his great success as a journalist, he remained a kind and gracious person who was sometimes called the Dean of the Washington press corps.

Broder appeared on the NBC television program “Meet the Press” more than 400 times, as well as on other current events television programs.

He worked for Congressional Quarterly, The Washington Star and The New York Times before joining The Washington Post in 1966.

In later life he served as a journalism professor at the University of Maryland. He also lectured at Duke University.

Broder took a buyout from the Post in 2008, ending his career as a full-time journalist, but he continued writing his twice-a-week syndicated column after he retired.

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