David Broder Biography
Claim to Fame: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Columnist, The Washington Post
Date of Birth: September 11, 1929
Date of Death: March 9, 2011
Diabetes Type: 1
Quote: "Come early, stay late, vote often, pack the staff with your people, and always find an acceptable stooge to front for you."
David Salzer Broder was born in Chicago Heights, Illinois, where his father was a dentist. As a young man, Broder became a Chicago Cubs enthusiast and, in time, a member of the Emil Verban Memorial Society, a group of Cubs' fans whose chief activity was to commiserate about the team's historically pitiful record. After earning a Bachelors of Arts in Liberal Arts in 1947, and a Master's in Political Science from the University of Chicago, Broder began his journalism career.
Broder became the editor of the Chicago Maroon and the Hyde Park Herald, and wrote for the U.S. Forces Austria (USFA) newspaper while serving in the United States Army until 1953. He has been a fellow of the Institute of Politics of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a fellow of the Institute of Policy Sciences and Public Affairs at Duke University.
Broder reported for The Pantagraph, The Congressional Quarterly (1955-60), The New York Times (1965-66), The Washington Star (1960-65), and The Washington Post. His columns ran in 300 newspapers nationwide, and he was a frequent guest on Sunday morning news shows. Broder also reported on every presidential campaign for over 50 years, beginning with the Kennedy-Nixon campaign in 1960. Broder received the Pulitzer Prize in 1973 for his coverage of the Watergate scandal that led to President Richard M. Nixon's resignation. His citation was for explaining in a clear but compelling way the importance of the Watergate fallout. President Barack Obama called him the "most respected and incisive political commentator of his generation."
Finding his "home" at The Washington Post, Broder was a twice-weekly columnist, reporting on national politics since 1966. The Washington Journalism Review named Broder "Best Newspaper Political Reporter," and a survey for Washington Magazine found that Broder was rated "Washington's most highly regarded columnist" by both editorial-page editors and members of Congress (leading 16 others in ratings for "overall integrity, factual accuracy and insight"). Broder was a regular commentator on CNN's Inside Politics, and made regular appearances on NBC's Meet the Press and Washington Week in Review.
In addition to his columns, Broder wrote four books: Democracy Derailed: Initiative Campaigns and the Power of Money (2000); Behind the Front Page: A Candid Look at How the News is Made (1987); The Party's Over: The Failure of Politics in America (1972); and The Republican Establishment: The Present and Future of the G.O.P. with Stephen Hess (1967). He won numerous awards in his lifetime such as the White Burkett Miller Presidential Award in 1989, and the 1990 4th Estate Award, and 1993 Distinguished Contributions to Journalism Award from the National Press Foundation. In 1990, he received the Elijah Parrish Lovejoy Award from Colby College, and was elected to Sigma Delta Chi's Hall of Fame. In 1997, he won the William Allen White Foundation's award for distinguished achievement in journalism, and received the National Society of Newspaper Columnists Lifetime Achievement Award in the same year.
Broder passed away on March 9, 2011, at 81 years of age, after suffering from complications due to diabetes. Broder left behind his wife (the former Ann Creighton Collar), four sons, and seven grandchildren.
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