Sad news today: veteran journalist David Broder died at the age of 81.
I first saw the news on Facebook, where my friend and fellow UMd J-school alum Eric Kelderman posted it. My reaction was almost identical to my reaction to the news that David Halberstam had died in 2007: deep sadness that one of the greats, the truly greats, was gone.
I think Dan Balz’s column in the Washington Post really sums it up best. Broder was a class act, a tireless worker, a role model for how to do journalism right.
Most of us who go into journalism do so because we like to tell people’s stories. We like to talk to people, do research, and then put it all together so we can share it with other people. We want to get it right, and we want to get it right before anyone else does. We want our work to stand on its own merits.
Broder was one of the ones who exemplified that ideal. He’ll be missed.