RIP: AP Legend Barry Schweid

One of the many Secretaries of State he covered called him "a throwback to the days when reporters cared more about accuracy than anything else."

When Barry Schweid retired from the Associated Press in 2012 after 56 years of consecutive service, tributes from colleagues and Washington elite poured in. That cycle is repeating itself in the wake of Thursday’s news that the longtime diplomatic correspondent has died at the age of 83.

Secretary of State John Kerry noted that Schweid “reported without fear or favor, and with the AP’s trademark neutrality.” At the State Department press room podium, spokesperson John Kirby shared these warm thoughts:

“Barry was an institution here, well respected by his peers, as well as throughout the diplomatic community.”

“And as many of my predecessors at this podium would attest, Barry wasn’t afraid to ask the tough questions and challenge us each and every day. He’s going to be fondly remembered as a great journalist and an even better friend to so many.”

After earning his Master’s in journalism from Columbia University in 1954, Schweid, a New York native, started his career with the wire service in New York after serving as a U.S. Army PR specialist. He transferred to Washington D.C. in 1959 and the rest is, yes, journalism history. RIP.

[Photo courtesy: AP]