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Posted at 2:27 PM ET, 03/ 9/2011

Statements on the death of Post columnist David Broder

By T. Rees Shapiro

Below are statements on the death of Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist David Broder.

The Broder family:

"David Broder died on March 09, 2011, at the age of 81. He lived a full life with abundant blessings, both personal and professional.

The list of people and organizations to which David was grateful is rich and varied. His reporting colleagues and friends were a deep source of enjoyment for him. To name all of them is impossible. However, we would especially like to thank the Washington Post Company, the Washington Post Writers Group, Washington Post Company Chairman Don Graham, and former Post Executive Editor Ben Bradlee for their extraordinary roles in David's life over many decades. The late Katharine Graham also held a special place in David's heart for her friendship and her commitment to first-rate journalism.

David was a kind and generous spirit throughout his life. One of the ways in which he gave of himself was through his university and graduate school teaching at Harvard, Duke, and the University of Maryland. He loved his students, and never tired of their company. Additionally, David and Ann Broder created the Ann C. and David S. Broder Professorship Fund at the University of Chicago, their joint alma mater.

David spent his professional life with political leaders at all levels of society, from precinct captains to Presidents, on Capitol Hill, and in State Houses and City Halls in all fifty states. His greatest admiration and respect were always for the voters themselves, who would answer a knock on their door, let him into their homes, and share their observations on the issues of the day. Their passion for this country and its possibilities mirrored his own. To the countless thousands who, since 1953, inspired his curiosity and informed his reporting, we offer our thanks.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Arena Stage, the National Symphony Orchestra, or the Capital Area Food Bank.

We will hold a memorial service this spring in Washington DC to commemorate David's life, and will announce details soon.

The Broder Family
March 09, 2011"

A statement from the White House:

"Like so many here in Washington and across the country, Michelle and I were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of a true giant of journalism, David Broder.

David filed his first story from our nation's capital before starting as a junior political writer on the 1960 presidential election.

In the decades that followed, he built a well-deserved reputation as the most respected and incisive political commentator of his generation - winning a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of Watergate and earning the affectionate title of Dean of the Washington press corps.

Through all his success, David remained an eminently kind and gracious person, and someone we will dearly miss.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in this difficult time."

Statement from senate the office of Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)

"No reporter in recent times was a better reporter than David Broder. He would show up in the most unexpected places. Sometimes he was the only reporter present. He never played favorites. He would be uncomfortable with such praise by an elected official. Public service and journalism are richer for his distinguished, long career."

From longtime Meet the Press executive producer Betsy Fischer:

"'Meet the Press' mourns the loss of a true giant in journalism. David Broder was part of our 'Meet the Press' family since 1963, when he was just 33 years old. He appeared as a panelist and later a roundtable member a record 401 times during his remarkable career -- and he was a true gentleman and first rate journalist every single time. David was beloved by the staff and crew of 'Meet the Press' throughout the years. We feel so incredibly honored and grateful to have worked with him. We offer our heartfelt sympathies to his family, friends and his colleagues at the Washington Post."

By T. Rees Shapiro  | March 9, 2011; 2:27 PM ET
 
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