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55462693.jpgPulitzer Prize-winning reporter and columnist David Broder died today at age 81, the Washington Post reports.

Broder, who covered national politics for the Post for four decades, was suffering from diabetes-related complications, according to the Post:

The Post reports:

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.

In 1973, Mr. Broder and The Post each won Pulitzers for coverage of the Watergate scandal that led to President Richard M. Nixon's resignation. Mr. Broder's citation was for explaining the importance of the Watergate fallout in a clear but compelling way. ...

He covered every presidential convention since 1956 and was widely regarded as the political journalist with the best-informed contacts, from the lowliest precinct to the highest rungs of government.

Click here to read the full obituary.

PHOTO: David Broder speaks during a taping of "Meet the Press" at the NBC studios August 10, 2008 in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/ Getty Images for Meet the Press



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