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David Broder

Born: 1929-09-11 - Died: 2011-03-09
Cause of Death:
Complications from diabetes

Death Summary: Broder died at the Capital Hospice in Arlington from complications due to diabetes.

Who was David Broder : David Broder was a Pulitzer Prize winning writer, who wrote about national politics for the Washington Post for over fourty years. He covered every presidential convention since 1956.

Broder graudated from the University of Chicago with a bachelor's degree in liberal arts, and eventually received his master's degree in political science from the same university. While attending college, he would meet his eventual wife, Ann Creighton Collar.

Broder's writing career began in Chicago as well, working as an editor for The Chicago Maroon. In 1951, he was drafted into the army , where he wrote for the U.S. Forces Austria Sentinel.

After being discharged, Broder moved to Bloomington, IL where he wrote for the Pantagraph newspaper. Afterwards, he moved to Washington, D.C, where he wrote for the Congressional Quarterly. This is where he got his first job writing for national politics. While writing for CQ, Broder worked freelance for The New York Times.

In 1960, Broder joined the Washington Star, where he covered the presidential election between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon. During his stint with the Washington Star, he received his big break as he started writing for national political news, and was a weekly contributor to the op-ed page.

After the Washington Star, Broder wrote exclusively for The New York Times; but he would only last 18 months there. Upon leaving The New York Times, Broder joined The Washington Post, where he would remain for the next forty years.

During his time with The Washington Post, Broder became known as the "dean" of the Washington press corps. In 1973, Broder won the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of Watergate, which lead to Nixon's resignation.

Along with writing for The Washington Post, Broder was a frequent guest on the news program, "Meet the Press". He first appeared on July 7th, 1963. On August 10, 2008, he made his 400th appearance on the program. His writing career branched from news publications, and he authored or co-authored eight books, spanning four decades of politics.

During his political reporting career, Broder was heralded as being a "centrist", and liked to focus on the broad scope of the political landscape, instead of focusing on parties.

Broder is survived by his wife, and four children.
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