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Former CBS News political editor Dotty Lynch has died at the age of 67, POLITICO is reporting.
Lynch was with CBS from 1985 – 2005 and in 2006, joined American University as a faculty member until her spring 2014 retirement.
According to her AU faculty bio, the 2012 election was “Lynch’s 22nd election cycle in congressional and presidential campaigns as a professional journalist and pollster.”
For more on her life and legacy, click on over to POLITICO.
James Brady, former White House press secretary for President Ronald Reagan, has died at the age of 73, the Associated Press is reporting.
“We are heartbroken to share the news that our beloved Jim “Bear” Brady has passed away after a series of health issues,” Brady’s family said in a statement obtained by the AP. “His wife, Sarah, son, Scott, and daughter, Missy, are so thankful to have had the opportunity to say their farewells.”
Brady survived a 1981 presidential assassination attempt on President Reagan. According to ABC News, “the shooting caused brain damage, partial paralysis, short-term memory impairment, slurred speech and constant pain.”
For more, including Brady’s work in support of gun control, click on over to ABC News.
Longtime Washington Post staff writer Walter Nicholls, who most recently was the contributing food editor to The Georgetowner, will be remembered this Friday, July 11, at a memorial service at 10:15 a.m. at the Friends Meeting House of Washington.
Nicholls died of cancer June 1 at the age of 64.
Friday’s service will be informal, with a reception following.
Former Washington Star, Times, and Post gossip columnist Diana McLellan died yesterday at 76. McLellan was a legend in Washington, known for her column “The Ear,” which she wrote for the Star before it folded in 1981.
“The best advice I can give – and I doubt you could do any of it now – is collect info sober, write drunk, and edit after coffee…Also, keep expenses as high as possible or they won’t respect you.” And, “Only deal with the top editor so you don’t get nibbled to death by ducks.” Read more
Today marks the one year anniversary since BuzzFeed reporter Michael Hastings died in a car crash in Los Angeles. The former Rolling Stone contributing editor‘s novel The Last Magazine was posthumously published this week by Blue Rider Press.
The highly regarded journalist was the recipient of a George Polk Award for his Rolling Stone profile of General Stanley McChrystal, published June 22, 2010. Two years later, Hastings wrote for Rolling Stone about Sgt. Bowe Bergdhal, asking whether the Pentagon would leave him behind. Eleven days before his death, he penned an op-ed for BuzzFeed on “Why Democrats Love To Spy On Americans.”
At last night’s Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association annual Congressional correspondents’ dinner, recipients of several awards were recognized for excellence in areas of television and radio reporting.
The evening’s comedic guest was Nick Offerman, who plays Ron Swanson on “Parks and Recreation.” White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough also offered remarks. Honored guests included Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton; Michael Steel, press secretary to the Speaker of the House; Adam Jentleson, communications director to the Majority Leader of the Senate; Drew Hammill, communications director to the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives; Mike Mastrian, director of the Senate Radio-TV Gallery; Olga Ramirez Kornacki, director of the House Radio-TV Gallery; and comedienne Megan Mullally.
“I don’t really think the world is aware of the sacrifices that journalists make,” said Gene Policinski, chief operating officer of the Newseum Institute. ”Not just those who died, but those who are imprisioned, intimidated, beaten, prevented by other means from doing their job, their operations are shut down, and the memorial is a way of taking this hyperexample of those who died, and saying to the world, ‘Think about this for a minute. There’s plenty in journalism to criticize. There’s plenty in journalism to say, it could be better,’ but there’s also an amazing cadre of people around the world who go up against things none of us will face in our regular life, and they do it on a daily basis, or on a weekly or monthly basis. They go out, put themselves in danger, to bring us news and information, and the world needs to be reminded of that every year.” Read more
This afternoon we learned that longtime Washington Post staff writer and current contributing food editor to The Georgetowner Walter Nicholls passed away.
We spoke via phone to Georgetowner publisher Sonya Bernhardt who said that she “simply adored him, read his column in The Post religiously, and was honored to have him contribute to The Georgetowner.”
A note on his passing will appear in the Wednesday issue of The Georgetowner. The Post published a piece here.
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