What up, Bro(der)?

Check out Joe Strupp’s interview and profile of David Broder for Editor & Publisher.

Strupp paints a glowing picture of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broder (with such quotes as “Fifty years later, after covering 10 presidents and 25 political conventions, Broder is considered the dean of Washington politics. But his style hasn’t changed — he still does the reporting”) and perhaps no one could be more deserving of the praise than Broder, who could have ridden out the crest of his journalistic career years back, but still churns out top-shelf reporting and analysis (to wit: his column appears in 300 newspapers).

The good parts after the jump…


  • At a time when most political pundits fill their allotted space with often-overhyped views in place of fact, Broder remains old school. He admits little interest in a straight opinion column. “When you do it as long as I have, you want that face-to-face,” he says about his preference for shoe-leather newsgathering. “You can guess how people will react, but until you ask them, you do not know.”
  • At 76, the Illinois native is on the road as much as ever, spending about half his time outside of D.C, he estimates. This year alone, he’s visited Oregon, Florida, Illinois, Arkansas, California (three times), Washington state, Massachusetts, and Iowa, as well as Australia and New Zealand.
  • “He is the gold standard for interpreting Washington politics,” says Bruce Davidson, editorial page editor of the San Antonio (Texas) Express-News.
  • As reporter for the Washington Star, Broder found himself in a press bus about a block behind Kennedy‘s car when the shooting occurred in Dallas. “I can tell how shook up I was because I can barely read my notes from that day,” says Broder, who has kept the notebook.
  • “To walk on the floor of a national convention with David Broder is like going to the Oscars with George Clooney,” says Downie. “He’s a rock star.” Adds former columnist Jack Germond of The Sun in Baltimore.
  • Jerry Ford was probably the closest to being a normal human being,” the columnist says.
  • Broder is quick to praise today’s political reporters, saying “There is no crisis in talent.”