Columnist Robert Novak, 78, lost his battle with cancer this morning. Novak may be best known for his years at CNN and his involvement in the Valerie Plame affair, but he was among the most influential print journalists of his generation.
From The New York Times:
Mr. Novak rose from a $68-a-week cub reporter to become the wealthy proprietor of almost a cottage industry, achieving prominence and celebrity as an influential Washington pundit whose views leaned decidedly to the right while parlaying that renown into books, newsletters and political seminars he organized.
At one point his column appeared in as many as 300 newspapers, and he was one of the first personalities to emerge on all-news cable television. CNN put him on the air its first weekend.
He first drew attention as an old-fashioned, notebook-and-shoe-leather newspaperman. For three decades his was the second byline with "Inside Report," a syndicated column, written with Rowland Evans, that became a must-read for many both inside and outside Washington
Read Kenneth Tomlinson's tribute to Novak's illustrious career at Human Events