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Posted at 5:02 PM ET, 12/ 2/2010

Five governors and a reporter

By Anita Kumar and Rosalind S. Helderman

Five Virginia governors gathered together Thursday, and it couldn't have been in their favorite place -- a roomful of journalists.

What brought them together?

A celebration for the dean of the capital press corps.

Reporter Tyler Whitley was honored for 50 years at the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Richmond News Leader at a champagne reception attended by Gov. Bob McDonnell and former governors Jim Gilmore, Doug Wilder, Gerry Baliles and Linwood Hilton.

"If it's true that reporters write the first draft of history, then Tyler has written a lot of history,'' Baliles said.

When Whitley began as an obituary writer for the now-defunct afternoon News Leader the Beatles were just getting off the ground, JFK was president and the governor of Virginia? I'm sure you all remember -- a man named James Lindsay Almond.

Whitley has covered nine governors, 14 national political conventions and four redistrictings. He's been to 10 countries on the company's dime (back when reporters did that sort of thing.) And he's not done yet.

By Anita Kumar and Rosalind S. Helderman  | December 2, 2010; 5:02 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar, James Gilmore III, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman  
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god bless tyler whitley...he is an institution in VA politics on capitol square...even if i don't like everything he writes.

Posted by: publius27 | December 2, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

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