Wed March 9, 2011
The Two-Way

Political Columnist David Broder Dies, 'Washington Post' Says

Columnist David Broder, who was a fixture on Washington's political landscape, has died, according to The Washington Post. He was a frequent guest on NPR, where he was called on for his insights into elections and the political process.

Broder was famous for relying on old-fashioned legwork to gauge the political pulse of voters. He organized teams of people who went out and knocked on doors in swing states to ask voters which issues they cared about the most.

He also had a hand in breaking a news story that reshaped political reporting in the last decades of 20th century.

From the Post:

In 1973, Mr. Broder and The Post each won Pulitzers for coverage of the Watergate scandal that led to President Richard M. Nixon's resignation. Mr. Broder's citation was for explaining the importance of the Watergate fallout in a clear but compelling way.

Broder, who was 81, had been suffering from complications associated with diabetes, the Post says.

Update at 1:55 p.m. ET: We'll have more updates on David Broder and his legacy in journalism throughout the day.

You can sort through an archive of Broder's syndicated columns here.

Speaking to The Washingtonian about his views of political journalism, Broder said:

Given the American people's deep skepticism about our political system today," he added, "we can raise their faith some if we give them the feeling that, at least at election time, the press and candidates are responding to their thoughts and views.

And here's a 2009 story about DC celebrities with diabetes from The Washingtonian, which describes how Broder's dedication to covering the Iowa caucuses in 2000 nearly forced doctors to amputate his feet — a sadly common outcome for many diabetics.

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