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'Washington Post' Political Correspondent David Broder Dies

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Political writer David Broder has died at 81. The longtime Washington Post columnist, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his work on the Watergate story, had diabetes and died Wednesday in Arlington, Virginia.

Mr. Broder was often called the dean of the Washington press corps -- a nickname he earned in his late 30s in part for the clarity of his political analysis and the influence he wielded as a perceptive thinker on political trends in his books, articles and television appearances.

ABC's George Stephanopoulos, who knew Broder as a fellow journalist and also from Stephanopoulos' days as a White House spokesman, says Broder played it straight: "He was the definition of a reporter's reporter who always wanted to start out with what he could find out...With the facts, with the questions." 

In 1973, Mr. Broder and the Post each won Pulitzers for their coverage of the Watergate scandal that led to President Richard M. Nixon's resignation. Mr. Broder's honor was for explaining the importance of the Watergate fallout in a clear and compelling way. "Those were the glory days of the Washington Post and David Broder was already the lead of their political team," added Stephanopoulos.

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