David Broder, The Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize-winning political columnist, died Wednesday of complications from diabetes. He was 81.
Broder, who was known as the “dean” of the Washington press corps, had covered every presidential convention since 1956 and was awarded the Pulitzer in 1973 for his coverage of the Watergate scandal. He was highly praised in Washington.
Former vice president Walter Mondale called him the ”pre-eminent political journalist and columnist in the country.” Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana said Broder “set the modern ‘gold standard’ for those of us engaged in political life as we sought to persuade others, to legislate and to administer the successful progress of our country.”
Ben Bradlee, the Post’s former executive editor, called him “the best political correspondent in America.”