Washington Post columnist David Broder dies

Pulitzer Prize winning columnist David Broder died in Arlington, Va., Wednesday from complications of diabetes. He was 81.

The Washington Post announced the death of their columnist, who was known as the dean of the Washington press corp.

Broder became a political reporter for The Washington Post in 1966 and quickly became one of the most prolific voices on national politics. He previously worked at Congressional Quarterly, the now-defunct Washington Star, and at the New York Times before settling at the Post.

In 1973, Broder won the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Watergate scandal that caused President Richard Nixon to resign from office.

Broder was one of Washington's most respected political journalists and was considered one of the most well sourced.

He covered every presidential convention since 1956. He also wrote numerous books about politics.

Broder, a native of Chicago Heights, Ill., was born on Sept. 11, 1929. He went to the University of Chicago at the age of 15 where he earned a bachelor's and master's in political science. He also edited the student newspaper there, called The Maroon.

He was also known for his passionate love of baseball and for being a fan of the Chicago Cubs.

In a statement President Obama praised Broder's career saying he "built a well-deserved reputation as the most respected and incisive political commentator of his generation."

"Through all his success, David remained an eminently kind and gracious person, and someone we will dearly miss," Obama said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in this difficult time.

In a tweet former Massachussetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) said that Broder was "the last of a breed."

"David Broder was the last of a breed – an insightful reporter who trusted facts more than opinion. I will miss him," Romney tweeted.

--This story was updated at 3:10 p.m.

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